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Cleaning a Garbage Can Used for Pet Waste?

I'm looking for advice on cleaning and deodorizing a garbage can used to store dog poo cleanup (dirty paper towels, etc...). It's a plastic garbage can, is kept covered, and used only for pet cleanup. After dumping the garbage I can't find a good way to get the strong odor out of the garbage can, even after airing on the porch.

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I've tried washing with pinesol, comet, etc., but none are 100% successful at removing the smell.

I am open to any ideas, even using a different type of garbage can if that would help.

Thanks!
Jenny

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August 15, 20050 found this helpful

The problem with plastic is that it's porous and absorbs odors. You may want to try diluted white vinegar, or lemon juice to rinse out the can. If that doesn't work you might have to buy a metal garbage can.

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August 15, 20050 found this helpful

I put moth crystals in the bottom of my plastic garbage can. My dog is litterbox trained (T-cup Chihuahua) so everything goes in the garbage can. There is absolutely no odor.

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We even keep it in the garage and with the intense heat and humidity (FL) there still isn't any odor. I have one of those big green heavy duty garbage cans, so maybe it is the type of plastic that it's made of.

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August 15, 20050 found this helpful

This might be silly, but...are you using trash bags in the can to at least help cut down the odor that the can absorbs? Try white vinegar (neutralizes many odors). You could spray the empty can with white vinegar before you use it again & just leave the vinegar in there. Or the lemon juice used in the same manner? Good Luck!

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August 15, 20050 found this helpful

I use plastic, 5 gallon buckets to hold my dogs poop. I first, cut vent holes in the lid, then I put the lid on the bucket loosely. Each time she poops, I use the shovel and the bucket.

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When the bucket is full, I just throw it away at the dump, with the rest of my garbage. Each time I go to the dump, I get a new fresh bucket. No more stink. I get the plastic buckets free, from drive ins, espresso booths, restaurants,etc.

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By mia (Guest Post)
August 16, 20050 found this helpful

Why aren't you using a plastic liner? I can't even imagine putting dog waste into a can WITHOUT a liner in it. We have a dog, and that's exactly what we do. We have a plastic spackle-bucket w/ a tight fitting lid, and line it w/ plastic grocery bags, then we pick up the waste with smaller plastic bags (all plastic bags free from various sources), and put them into the lined bucket, and place the lid on tight. When it's trash day, all that's needed is to lift-out the plastic liner, tie a knot, and off it goes, and the bucket is still clean.

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A few times a month, we clean it thoroughly. Your bucket is smelling probably b/c plastic is porous to odors and the waste is making the plastic permanently smell. You may want to use a metal bucket as metal does not hold odors the way plastic does. Keeping things clean is the easiest way to cut down on odors, smells, critters, everything. You may want to start w/ a brand new bucket. Hope this helps.

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August 16, 20050 found this helpful

I soak my trash can a couple of hours with some bleach water. Should rinse right out and smell better. after cleaning I fill the bottom of trash can with some cat litter. It will absorb liquid and oders. Hope this helps.

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By Brian (Guest Post)
May 17, 20070 found this helpful

I would suggest looking at SaniCan who will clean your garbage can for 7 bucks a month

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September 8, 20090 found this helpful

I have 5 dogs and have a lot of poo to clean up. I use a white kitchen garbage bag to put poo in and then in the trash can it goes. Only thing I found so far to rid of odors is I wash out garbage can with mr clean with frebreez (blue bottle).

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It removes all odors from both cats and dogs. I have cats too and I scrub the litter boxes out with it. Waa la no more odors. I swear by that stuff. Only stuff I found so far that really works on pet odors and urine stains. Hope this helps you.

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January 23, 20100 found this helpful

Try enzyme based pet stain spray that's made for carpets.

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February 5, 20100 found this helpful

Why don't you just flush it, if it isn't a large dog , it will be o.k. Our landfills aren't really meant for waste, human or otherwise, it just leaches back into the water table and can contaminate our water supplies. But our sewer treatment plants are meant to clean up the water before putting back into our systems.

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Check with your local government there maybe a company or agency that can offer more ideas for you. I am thankful though that you do pick up after your dogs, where I live they just go where the please and people even throw it over their neighbor's fences ew, so not cool lol

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April 19, 20110 found this helpful

So thankful for the question and also more thankful for the answers. I thought that a plastic can held odors more now I find it is true. I use plastic bags for the poo and store them in the container until garbage day; then I place those into more plastic bags. I think the best answer is to get rid of the plastic pail and go with a metal container. I will be back to let you know if that has helped. Thank you to all.

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July 13, 20110 found this helpful

Re: plastic pail for poo. Got rid of that little bugger. Now am using a metal pail w/lid. What a difference. I also put cat litter on the bottom of my pail. Can't hurt.

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