Everything about the garbage bags in your home – from smelling bad to having to take them out on garbage day- is unappealing. Unfortunately, everyone has to deal with garbage and all that comes along with it. However, there are several things you can do to make your life easier and to minimize the grossness of the garbage. Read these tips on managing your trash!
A good place to start is simply by making less trash through actively recycling. Not only is it a win for the environment, but you will have less piling up in the trash. Check the labels of boxes and cartons and have a separate recycling bin to put them in.
Avoid throwing away food products when possible, as they are the biggest offenders when it comes to smelling. Make use of an in-sink garbage disposal if you have one, or try composting if you do not. Composting is easy, another win for the environment, and it can be especially fun for kids as a learning opportunity. If you do need to throw something away that could be particularly bad (such as fish or meat), try sealing it in a bag beforehand to contain potential odors.
Be proactive when it comes to fighting off odors. Sprinkling baking soda or cat litter on the bottom of your garbage can will help absorb and neutralize odors. Lemon peels or dryer sheets can be used in the garbage can to mask odors as well. Buying a garbage can with a lid helps keep the smells contained.
When you take the garbage bag out of the can, wipe down any spills or food that might have escaped the bag. Doing this every time will keep grime from building up. Every few weeks, give the trash can a full cleaning as well.
Take the trash out when it is full instead of letting it get too full and potentially overflowing onto the floor. You should make sure that the area that you take trash out to (whether that means outdoor garbage cans or a specific spot in the garage) contains the garbage, so animals and insects are prevented from reaching it and making a mess.
As with the indoor trash cans, the outdoor ones should be wiped down when they are emptied and thoroughly cleaned out every few weeks.
Finally, set a reminder of some sort for yourself so that you do not miss garbage day. Any trash that sits too long is going to become a problem. The garbage men are doing you a great service, so be sure to get those garbage bags to the road!
With these tips in mind, you can keep the smell of your garbage at bay and also keep any extra germs from seeping into the rest of your house. Garbage is always going to be gross, but you can at least keep it neutralized with just a few simple steps.