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How to Clean a Smelly Garbage Bin

There’s a reason no one wants the chore of taking out the trash. It smells! 

Despite your best efforts, even the cleanest of garbage bins can stink. With food remnants, dirt, old items, and who knows what else, it’s no wonder that an odour develops. Depending on where you keep your bins, it can stick up your whole garage or waft into your home. 

No one wants to deal with bad smells every day, but rubbish bin cleanings are no easy task. Luckily, there are a few easy tricks and tips that can help control the odour. Try some of these and save your nose. 

Baking soda or cat litter

Did you know that an open box of baking soda in your fridge can absorb odours and keep it smelling fresh? The same logic applies to your garbage. 

Most bad smells are caused by the molecules released when things break down. Food in particular releases acidic and alkaline (or basic) molecules into the air. Baking soda is an amphoteric substance, meaning that it can function as either an acid or a base and react with either. 

As the baking soda comes into contact with the smelly molecules, it works to neutralise them and control their smell. For best results, sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your clean, dry trash bin and let it work. 

If baking soda isn’t available, or you’re looking for something a bit more heavy duty, try cat litter. It often contains baking soda or similar compounds that neutralise odour. Cat little also has the added benefit of absorbing liquids to help keep your bin dry and smelling (relatively) great. 

Charcoal filters

Another great option are pre-made charcoal filters. Activated charcoal, charcoal that has undergone a steaming process, traps odour molecules from the air to prevent them from reaching your nose. 

Activated charcoal is extremely porous, containing millions of microscopic holes. As air passes through the charcoal, acidic and alkaline odour molecules are trapped within the pores. This essentially eliminates smells from the air. 

Thanks to the pores, activated charcoal can boast a massive surface area even in small pieces. This allows the charcoal filter to trap and hold a lot of smells. 

Charcoal filters often come in small contained units that are easy to stick to the lid or sides of the trash bin. They are easy to change and highly effective. 

Dryer sheets or essential oils

Sometimes you want to do more than just get rid of bad odours. You may want to add some good odours. Dryer sheets or essential oils are a great way to do this. 

Find a dryer sheet in a smell you love and toss it in the bottom of your clean bin. For some extra power, add two. 

A more natural option could be essential oils on a cotton ball. Put a couple drops of your favorite oil on a cotton ball or two and toss those in the bottom of your bin. 

This is a great method to use in combination with something like charcoal filters. Stick a charcoal filter to absorb bad odours and toss in a dryer sheet to add some good ones! 

Hire a cleaner 

When the smells are just too much to handle, bring in the professionals. You could spray and scrub and deodorize the bin on your own, or you could call Wheelie Clean Bins. 

Our expert wheelie bin cleaners will scrub your bins down to remove all the dirt and food residue that causes bad smells. We’ll sanitise and spray with a powerful (but safe!) deodorizer to keep the smells away throughout the week. 

With regular cleaning from Wheelie Clean Bins, you’ll never have to worry about the trash sticking up your home again. And the best part is, you won’t have to clean it yourself. 

Learn more about our cleaning services and book your first clean with us today.