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Garbage Tips and Tricks

Keeping your trash contained and reducing odors is important. This page contains garbage tips and tricks.


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February 8, 20052 found this helpful

Do you save those used zip lock bags? I often have several and rinse them out and let them dry. Then take an 2-3 pound coffee can and line it with your used ziplock bag. Use the coffee can lid to keep odors in and fill it until the bag is full, then just pull it out and zip it up and toss. No mess, no fuss and certainly no smell.


By barbnov55

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December 8, 2010

I have started placing my old t-shirts, night shirts, and any other cotton clothing that is no longer fit to wear on top of my dryer to place in the bottom of the kitchen garbage can. My laundry equipment is in the corner of the kitchen so it is convenient. When I change out the bag I just roll up the old shirt or whatever and place it in the bottom. It will soak up some of the moisture in the trash. One more use out of otherwise unusable items.

By MartyD from Houston, TX

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November 3, 2010

Paint both the inside and outside of your new metal garbage can's bottom with asphalt roofing sealer and the container should last ten years or more, instead of the usual one or two.


By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO

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April 7, 20050 found this helpful

Need an inexpensive but unique small waste paper basket? Reuse containers from plants or flowers, or go to you local craft store and buy a plant basket. Line it with the plastic shopping bags from the supermarket. To make it extra-special, tie a wide contrasting ribbon around it with a large floppy bow.

By Anne

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July 31, 2014

Insert the edge of your trash bag in an open drawer, then close the drawer. You will then have both hands free for disposing of trash. The drawer acts as a third hand!

Source: I saw a friend do this.


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January 5, 2017

One way I like to use plastic wrap is to tear off a sheet and line the bottom of a wastebasket with it. That way, when it comes time to empty the wastebasket out, clean up is a little easier.

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May 25, 20051 found this helpful

Velcro a placemat behind your trash can for easy clean up when your kids miss the basket.

By ratattatat1


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September 30, 2010

I keep a roll of trash can liners in the bottom of the can. When I take the full one out to throw it away, the roll in the bottom of the can is right there. No searching or looking elsewhere for the roll.

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August 21, 2008

I am quite a fanatic about having garbage cans in my house. Truth is, we don't have them. We recycle the plastic grocery bags and hang them on a hook in the kitchen. They fill up quite quickly, but when full, outside they go to the large garbage can.

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August 26, 20051 found this helpful

Large trash cans on wheels are worth every penny when its time to take the cans to the curb.

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June 25, 20050 found this helpful

One might consider putting a small trash can in each room. This would come in handy when trying to tidy up in a hurry. You'd save on steps wasted on having to go to another room to toss something out.

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May 18, 20050 found this helpful

Color code special garbage cans or storage bins in your garage for such things as - sporting goods, toys, backyard fun etc.

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November 3, 20040 found this helpful

On trash night in our neighborhood my mom and myself take the pickup and go around to houses and look at their trash. (We don't dig through it, we look at it.) This is legal from what I hear because once someone has put trash out it is fair game. We have found things from perfectly good toys to play outside, to antique furniture that looks great and has that old look and feel to it. By Casey

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May 16, 20130 found this helpful

This guide is about saving money on garbage bags. There are a number of ways to save on these bags and reduce the bulk of your garbage.

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March 13, 20080 found this helpful

I use one trash bag per week since I started recycling. I have cheap dollar store barrels to collect flattened boxes and cardboard, plastic bottles, glass, etc. I put it all into one barrel in my laundry room all week, then separate it on trash day.

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November 4, 20050 found this helpful

When using canned foods and products, if at all possible, cut both ends off the can and smash the can till it's flattened.

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August 19, 2007

A few days ago someone posted a tip to use newspaper as a garbage bag. They said to line garbage with loose newspapers and at the end of the day just crumple papers with the days trash up into your outside garbage can. I like this idea but was wondering if their is a way to make an actual "bag" from the newspaper that would work as well as a normal plastic garbage bag. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!

Tracey from Duluth, MN


August 21, 20070 found this helpful
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You can easily use a grocery bag as a pattern, and then tape it together.

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September 1, 20070 found this helpful
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Yes, way back when I was a bride we lined our trash cans with newspapers. Using a brown paper bag as a pattern, you sew the bags together and making the gusset at the bottom.

Extra layers are put into the bottom section. Now, In this 'new fangled' age, styrofoam egg cartons,cereal boxes on side, plastic bag to be disposed of spread across bottom, or old magazine etc. strengths the bottom and prevents leaks coming through.

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