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Best Things to Clean Wheelie Bins With

You wash your windows, mop your floors, clean your car, but when was the last time you cleaned your wheelie bin? 

If the thought fills you with dread, you’re not alone. Wheelie bins can easily get dirty, smelly, and downright gross. It’s tempting to just leave your bin outside and turn a blind eye, but the longer you leave them, the worse it gets. Plus, unclean bins can actually pose a health risk in addition to being unpleasant. 

The best way to prevent your wheelie bin from turning into a gross garbage monster is with regular cleaning. If you’re ready to tackle your dirty bin, here’s everything you’ll need to get the job done right.

Wheelie Bin Cleaning Products

Most dirty bins need a bit more than just water to get them looking and smelling fresh. Special cleaning products are especially helpful for managing smells and repelling bugs, rodents, and maggots. 

Diluted Bleach

One of the easiest and most powerful cleaning solutions is diluted bleach. Put bleach into a spray bottle and spray it inside your bin, making sure to get all sides and the bottom. Fill the bin about halfway with warm water and let it soak for at least 30 minutes. 

Once it’s finished soaking, dump the water and scrub away any remaining residue. Rinse the bin thoroughly then clean the lid and outside in a similar way. Let your clean bin air dry before filling with rubbish again. 

While bleach may be effective, it is not great for the environment. Even diluted, bleach dumped down the drain has the potential to reach waterways and cause harm to aquatic plants and animals. If dumped in the yard, it can affect soil quality, plants, and bug life. 

Biodegradable Cleaning Products

Luckily, there are quite a few products available now that are just as effective at cleaning without the negative effects to the environment. Look for solutions made with natural ingredients or ones that are biodegradable. 

Follow the instructions on the packaging to make sure you use and dispose of the product responsibly. As with bleach, don’t forget about the lid and exterior of the bin, too. Let your bin air dry completely before refilling

DIY Cleaner 

Need your bins cleaned ASAP? No problem! Skip the trip to the store and look under your sink. You’ve probably already got some ingredients you can use to clean your bin. 

Make your own homemade cleaner with vinegar and dish soap. Vinegar is highly acidic so it’s great for breaking down tough dirt, buildup, and grimy messes. Dish soap helps to trap dirt and grease and wash them away. Together, they’re a powerhouse. 

In a bucket of water, mix ½ cup vinegar and 1 cup liquid dish soap. Stir to combine and use as a cleaning solution for scrubbing or soaking dirt off your bin. Not only is this DIY solution quick and easy, it’s better for the environment than harsh chemicals or bleach. 

Wheelie Bin Cleaning Tools

 As powerful as cleaning solutions are, they alone probably can’t clean your wheelie bin. For that, you’ll need some tools and a little hard work. 

Long handled mop or broom

Most wheelie bins are tall and therefore difficult to reach the bottom. Even if you tip them on their side, you don’t want to have to climb into your garbage bin! A long handled broom or mop can help. 

Start with a long handled broom that lets you brush off any obvious dirt inside and out. Once you’ve given it a quick first scrub, switch to your mop and cleaning solution. Use the mop to work the cleaning solution into the sides and bottom, and to scrub away any crusted food or stains.

Hose or pressure washer 

If you have access to one, a pressure washer will be a game changer for cleaning your bins. The high pressure water will blast away dirt and grime, saving you some scrubbing. Brush away any loose debris then give your bins a good spray. 

If you don’t have a pressure washer, a plain hose will still get the job done. Give your bin a quick dry brush, then spray it to start removing some of the tougher messes. Add your cleaning solution and use a mop to really get it clean, then spray again to rinse. 
There are plenty of ways to effectively clean your wheelie bin but there’s one way that’s even easier – let us do it for you! Save yourself the hassle and schedule regular cleanings with Wheelie Clean Bins today.

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