Eeyew! There’s nothing worse than a nasty, smelly trash can. Even if it’s not nasty and smelly, thoughts of what creepy microorganisms are crawling around is enough to make you cringe. We keep plastic liners in all of our trash cans. But even so, the one in the kitchen still seems to get muck in it. I like to haul them all outside for some serious cleaning, rather than a quick wipe down, at least twice a year. Choose a warm, sunny day.
My supplies are simple. An antibacterial soap, long handled brush to get into all the crevices inside, and an old rag to clean the outside. The brush I use is just a cheap toilet bowl brush. I pulled out the hose and used the sprayer on a forceful setting.
Some of the cans have hard plastic liners, so I pulled those out to wash separately. I scrubbed everything with soap and water, inside and out.
I even went after the mother lode. It wasn’t as bad as the kitchen can. We’re very careful to tie up those plastic bags because we have to keep this bin in our garage (subdivision rules).
Then I let them air dry outside for several hours. It didn’t take long because the temperatures got into the 90’s. By afternoon the sun was hitting the deck and frying those microorganisms away.
After I brought them in, I sprayed them with a disinfectant spray before inserting the liners.
I’ve now got sterile trash cans and knocked another job off the autumn task list. Now that it’s officially Fall, are you getting your chores knocked out, too?
I know all the other blogs are posting pretty autumn decor, and awesome recipes, while I’m showing drudgery chores. But there’s only so many pumpkins and wheat bundles one can look at, and then you have to get real and deal with the messes. I’ll post pretty pictures, too. But let’s clean up first!