If you are slow to empty the trash can, every time you open the lid, it can become a test for your nose…
Let’s not even talk about throwing away full diapers or expired food left at the bottom of the refrigerator.
What’s more, these stubborn odors can sometimes spread throughout the kitchen!
How can you fight unpleasant odors in your trash? Here are all of Grandma’s natural tricks for absorbing and eliminating them.
1) Thoroughly clean the trash can to avoid odors
Emptying it is not enough! A perforated garbage bag is enough to let unpleasant odors emanate from the container and contaminate the plastic where it will macerate.
At least twice a month, give your dustbin a hot shower (not forgetting the lid which is also covered with dirt and debris) or a hose cleaning on the terrace.
Then rub it with a sponge soaked in the king of natural household products: white vinegar. This product is an excellent cleaning and deodorizing agent. By the way, this disinfectant will prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria in this landfill and will disinfect it for a long time.
For maintenance, a sheet of paper towel or a slice of stale bread with white vinegar can be used.
Then, place it at the bottom of the garbage cans to avoid bad odors. You can also sprinkle vinegar with essential oils or herbs and spices (clove, cinnamon, thyme…) directly into the trash can to stop the formation of persistent odors.
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2) Enough to effectively absorb odors from trash cans
To avoid odors, it is still best to use products with absorbent properties to absorb moisture and odors.
They can be placed in a cup or on a sheet of newspaper at the bottom of the bin before installing the garbage bags.
Then they will have to be changed once they are damp or no longer work as well.
Finally, it is also possible to spray them into a container that is beginning to fill up well and no longer smells like a rose.
- Because of its primary use, cat litter is very effective in absorbing odors from the kitchen trash can.
- Carbon is also a good absorbent product.
- Clay powder has a strong deodorizing power.
- A mixture of boric acid (in pharmacies) and talc may also be effective.
- Finally, of course, there is baking soda, a deodorant effective against undesirable odors.
3) Coffee, an ally against odors emanating from garbage
In addition to absorbing odors, coffee perfumes the trash can.
If you change the trash can very regularly, you can sprinkle the coffee flakes on it.
On the other hand, if the garbage can is kept for several days, the coffee beans may tend to become mouldy.
In fact, it will cause more odors than it eliminates. In this case, it is better to use coffee beans or powder in a cup or a sock under the garbage bag. Change the coffee as soon as it stops working!
4) Other tips to make the trash can smell good
Having an odorless trash can is good.
However, having a trash can that smells good is even better. You can do this by sliding a block of cedar under the trash bag to change it every week.
Alternatively, you can pour a few drops of essential oil into a cotton ball or into the baking soda that slides to the bottom of the container.
Eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree or mint essential oils will give a very fresh result. And if you use lemon or other citrus fruits, save the peels to slide under the bag. This fearsome 100% natural insecticide and cleaner deodorizes a refrigerator or trash can efficiently.