Does your outdoor trash can stink every time you open the lid? Is there slimy gunk on the inside that you don’t want to touch? Well, I’m kind of lazy when it comes to cleaning so I racked my brain and finally figured out the EASIEST way to clean a large, outdoor garbage can.
We all have chores to do around the house that are necessary to keep our home running smoothly, but are quite unpleasant - to say the least.
For some it may be cleaning toilets. Others may dread washing laundry. For me, it’s taking out the trash!
In theory, trash should tied up tightly in a trash bag so all you have to do is take it to the outside to the large garbage can. But, for someone like me who was used to dumping garbage bags down a trash shoot and getting it out of my life forever, this is a task that makes me want to take a shower after each trip outside.
Okay, that may be a little dramatic, but you get the idea!
The worst part about taking trash to the large garbage can outside is the smell. How can it be so bad?! It is, after all, secured tightly inside a nice trash bag.
Well, it should be.
It happens to the best of us. A hole gets torn in the bag. The tie breaks loose. Or, someone dumps some trash in the can that isn’t even in a bag! *gasp*
So, the once sparkling clean garbage can gets scum, grime, and sticky gook stuck to the sides which somehow creates a stench that is almost unbearable.
But, have no fear! There is something you can do about it! And it’s actually pretty easy!
Every once in a while, we must clean the large, outside trash can!
I know, I know. But, if taking out the trash makes you have to hold your nose for an entire minute and then cause you to scrub down like a doctor going into surgery afterwards, you’ll be thrilled after you spend a few minutes cleaning the outdoor garbage can.
The Easiest Way to Clean Out a Large Outdoor Garbage Can
Small trash cans can be put in the dishwasher (without dishes of course) for easy cleaning. If you’re a germ-a-phobe like me, you may want to take the opportunity to clean your dishwasher afterwards!
For large trash cans, like the ones you place outside for sanitation workers, cleaning them could be a bit tricky. Never fear. Here is a super easy way.
- Place your trash can in an area that it can get wet.
- Squirt a bit of dishsoap in it.
- Use a sprayer attached to a hose and spray that trash can down!
- Empty the water.
- Repeat if necessary.
It will suds up heavily, but the heavy sprayer will almost always work to remove all of the grime on the sides and bottom. Only in extreme cases will you need to get a scrub brush to manually clean the garbage can.
So, you can get a sparkling clean, almost new garbage can while barely touching the trash can itself.
Every family is different, but cleaning your garbage can out seasonally should be sufficient. If you don’t want to forget, make sure to add it to your cleaning schedule!
Do you feel the same way about trash cans as I do? Or, do you have a different chore that you dread?
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