It’s a necessary part of several rooms in your home, especially the kitchen. But even a simple, daily item can cause frustration. Below are some ideas to make your trash can less trashy.
1. Air Patrol!
Don’t you hate it when there’s an air pocket between the trash can wall and the bag? You constantly have the “burp” the bag so that it can expand to hold all the goodies. Here’s an easy way to fix this annoyance.
Drill a hole in the wall of the trash can with a large drill bit. Place it near the top of the trash can on the back side. No one will see it, but the air will escape, leaving your trash bag plenty of room to spread out.
2. What Stinks?
We all throw away some gross stuff in the kitchen trash, and our homes can be invaded by smells. The very best way to eliminate trashy odors is with basic baking soda. This time-tested odor-absorbing fix can be sprinkled directly into the bag or between the bag and the trash can itself. When it’s time to wash the can, the baking soda can be used to clean as well. This is a super cheap and easy fix.
3. Hang in There!
Now, about those smaller trash cans around the house, especially in the bathrooms and bedrooms. It’s always good to place a plastic bag in them for easy trash disposal, but the bag can often slip down, and trash may not make it in the bag. I line my smaller trash cans with shopping bags from the grocery store.
Simply place an upside down removable plastic hook on the outside of the trash can and hook the handle of the shopping bag around the hook. (We used 3M Command hooks.) These won’t damage the receptacle and are easy to remove.
You could use all these tips in less than 15 minutes to solve your trash can troubles!