Tips for Keeping Your Residential Trash Can Clean

Keeping your residential trash can clean can keep the fly's away and prevent a bad smell. Here are some preventative tips and a step-by-step guide on how to clean your trash can:

Preventative Tips:

  1. Use Trash Bags: Always use sturdy trash bags to contain waste. Double bagging is recommended for particularly messy or smelly trash.
  2. Seal Food Waste: Wrap food scraps in newspaper or store them in sealed containers before disposing of them to minimize leaks and odors.
  3. Regular Emptying: Empty your trash can regularly to prevent the buildup of waste, which can lead to odors and pests.
  4. Dry Before Reuse: Allow the can to dry completely after cleaning or after a rainstorm to prevent mold and mildew growth.
  5. Baking Soda: Sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of the trash can to absorb odors.
  6. Line the Bottom: Place a few sheets of newspaper or a trash can liner at the bottom of the can to catch any leaks or spills.

How to Clean Your Trash Can:

  1. Preparation: Wear gloves to protect your hands. If possible, move the trash can to an outdoor area to avoid making a mess indoors.
  2. Empty the Can: Ensure the trash can is completely empty. Remove any large debris manually.
  3. Rinse: Use a hose to rinse out the inside of the can. For tough spots, use a brush to scrub them away.
  4. Clean: Fill the trash can with a mixture of warm water and a mild detergent or disinfectant. Let it soak for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Scrub: Use a long-handled brush to scrub the interior and exterior of the can. Pay extra attention to corners and the bottom.
  6. Rinse Again: Thoroughly rinse the can with clean water to remove any soap residue.
  7. Disinfect: Spray the inside of the can with a disinfectant spray and let it air dry.
  8. Dry: Allow the trash can to dry completely before using it again to prevent mold and mildew.

By following these tips, you can keep your residential trash can clean and odor-free, making your home a more pleasant place.

Residential Service Area: Our residential trash and recycling services are limited to the rural areas of South and West Fort Worth. We offer weekly curbside pickup to Tarrant, Parker, and Johnson County. You can sign-up for service here.

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