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How to Get Rid of Trash Can Smell

by Household Essentials • May 29, 2019
How to Get Rid of Trash Can Smell
 
Sometimes, trying to figure out how to get rid of trash can smell seems impossible. No matter what you do, the smell lingers or comes back. Here are a few tips and tricks to help deodorize your trash can and keep it smelling fresher, longer.
 
Baking Soda
 
Baking soda is well known for its deodorizing properties. You might already keep a box in your fridge to combat odors, or use it in your laundry. Baking soda’s powerful odor-fighting properties can extend to your trash can, too. To use baking soda to deodorize your trash can, sprinkle a little in the bottom of your trash can or directly into the trash as needed to help absorb odors.
 
Baking soda is also a great cleaning agent and can help remove odors that have seeped into your trash can. Use a little baking soda as an added abrasive scrub when cleaning out your trash can and see what a difference it makes!
 
While baking soda works wonders for plastic trash cans, you’ll need to be careful when using it with metal trash cans in order to avoid corrosion.
 
Cat Litter
 
Cat litter is designed to absorb moisture and odor in litter boxes, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that it can do double duty as odor and moisture prevention in your trash can. The litter can be used similarly to the baking soda: just sprinkle some in the bottom of your trash can. The litter will absorb odors and moisture and, especially if it’s scented, freshen your trash can. When you change the trash, check to see if the litter needs to be replaced. If so, dump it and replace it with fresh litter.
 
Bleach
 
There’s no doubt that bleach is a powerful cleaning agent. Using bleach when cleaning your trash can will kill germs that can contribute to trash can odors. Before using bleach, you’ll want to be careful and make sure that it’s OK to use bleach on the material your trash can is made of, as bleach can be too harsh or damaging on some materials. Whenever you’re working with bleach, it’s recommended that you dilute the bleach before using it and never use full strength bleach in any application.
 
Dryer sheets
 
Dryer sheets are another tool you can utilize to deodorize your trash can. Simply add a dryer sheet to your can to disperse foul smells. This trick works with used dryer sheets as well as fresh ones, so you can use either, depending on how dire the smell situation is. Change the sheet whenever you change the trash, or as often as you need to deodorize!
 
Scented trash bags
 
It may be an obvious solution, but scented trash bags can help keep foul odors at bay by releasing a nicer smelling fragrance. Scented trash can liners are widely available, and usually come in several scent options and sizes. Scented trash bags, in conjunction with regular cleaning, can help keep your trash can smelling fresh.
 
Newspaper
 
Instead of tossing old newspapers into the recycling, place a few layers at the bottom of your trash can. The newspaper will absorb any potentially smelly leaks and prevent liquid from absorbing into your trash can for a more lasting odor. When you change your trash, remove the newspaper and replace it with fresh layers.
 
Vanilla extract or essential oils
 
We’ve saved maybe the oddest trick for last. To perfume your trash can with the sweet smell of vanilla, preferably after giving it a good clean, sprinkle some pure vanilla extract on some pieces of cotton and place them at the bottom of an empty trash can or bag. Let it sit overnight with the lid of the can closed, and you’ll have a vanilla-scented trash can the next day. Don’t have vanilla extract on hand? You could also do this trick with other essential oils! Don’t forget to replace the cotton whenever you change the trash.
 
Whether you employ a few of these different methods or just one, these tips are sure to help you get rid of trash can smells and keep your trash smelling as fresh as possible.