Nobody ever fancies taking out the trash – after all, it’s one of the dirtiest things a homeowner has to deal with. Unfortunately, it’s something that we all have to live with for as long as we live in our houses, and not hotels.
The good thing about it is that you don’t have to put up with the malodorous stench of evil that lurks in and around your garbage bins – we’ve come up with ten hacks that will reduce unpleasant odors that emanate from your waste disposal.
Let’s get right to them, shall we?
1. Position Your Garbage Bags Properly
This is a common problem that besets larger trash cans – often, when the garbage bag is filled halfway, it’s more likely to break and cause the waste leakage. And nothing stinks more than pure garbage concentrate. Pay more attention when you set up the garbage bag in the trash can as well as practicing proper waste segregation.
2. Send in the Reinforcements!
If you still find your garbage bags leaking waste, try doubling or even tripling the lining inside your trash can with garbage bags.
3. Check Your Compost Heap
Organic waste creates foul odors, especially when the mix is right and ripe; fortunately, it’s easy to take care of that by buying a compost bin, or make it by yourself. As compost bins are usually sealed, they should reduce odors by a country mile. Alternatively, you may want to invest the the best recycle bins for trashing garbage.
4. Use Clay Pellets to Counteract Bad Odors
You can try layering the bottom of your trash bins with expanded clay pellets – you may find that they absorb bad odors. They are easily available in your neighborhood gardening supply or supermarket.
5. Clean Your Trash Cans Once a Month
Homeowners often overlook the fact that garbage cans DO need to be cleaned! In fact, you should do it once a month – clean them out with water and eco-friendly soap, and make sure to clean it thoroughly with a sponge. If your trash can isn’t regularly cleaned, you can always expect bad odors coming out of it!
6. Nature’s Deodorant: Baking Soda
Baking soda is an all-around lifesaver and assistant around the house. Use it to reduce smells by sprinkling a tablespoon of baking soda in your trash can – or as you see fit. Baking soda neutralizes smells and odors, and is an all star at that. Alternatively, mix a part of baking soda and water on a spray bottle, shake, and spray on your waste.
7. Citric Acid: An Organic Cleansing Agent
Citric acid is an ecologically safe cleaner – mix about 100 grams of citric acid powder (available at chemical supply shops or pharmacies) in one liter of water and shake – you can use this to clean your garbage cans with.
8. Apply Coffee Grounds
Do you know why high-street perfumeries always have you smell coffee grounds after sampling their wares? It’s because they neutralize smells immediately. Well, you can apply the same principle with your waste disposall – simply dry them out, and sprinkle them in your garbage bags.
9. Oh, Cinnamon Sticks
The same is true for cinnamon. Simply sprinkle powdered cinnamon time to time as you would baking soda, or line your garbage bags with cinammon sticks at the bottom. It counteracts and neutralizes bad odors in the same way coffee does.
10. Good Old Water and Salt
To pay attention to the environment, what’s better and more eco-friendly than water and salt? Salt absorbs odors and moistrure, and thus contains and stops the formation of unpleasant odors. Simply pour a glass of salt on the bottom of your trash bags or trash can. When you do your monthly cleaning, spray two tablespoons of salt in a liter of warm water and use it to scrub with a sponge.