Fro over a month I have been fighting with the stench of the outdoor garbage
can. I have tried Lysol, hospital disinfectants, masonry cleaner, etc., but
nothing is cleaning this thing out. It is one of those big plastic garbage
cans with the built-in tops and holds a week's worth of garbage. Any ideas
would be welcomed!
I put a dead skunk in my can. OK, so that was a mistake! But what I did was
to hose out the can, then while still wet I put baking soda in the can
getting it everywhere. I let that sit then poured in a whole gallon of
vinegar put the lid on and let that sit over night. The stench didn't
completely disapear BUT it did minimize it a great deal. Its now gone
completely but it took some time
Triple-bag your garbage--I found this helps a lot especially with
Keep your garbage cold before trash day.
Sanitize the trash can using 1 cup bleach, 1 gallon warm water, 1T.
dishwashing detergent. Brush inside and out (a toilet brush works
well), allow 5 minutes, rinse with a garden hose, and allow to drain
A can that has a tight-fitting lid helps.
Allow for more ventilation.
You could use the deodorizing "Stick-Ups," one inside the lid and one
stuck to the inside bottom.
No. Use the one you have. You didn't give any details so he and I
assumed you were talking about your home. You can pour excess grease
in a bottle and freeze it so that even if it drops it won't spill
grease all over the place.
You can leave watermelon rind or even chicken packaging in your fridge
or freezer. Or, there are lots of less problematic things that will
still smell after a while. If you have no AC and it's hot out, and
you have special problems with garbage can smell, it's worth doing
I would let the water sit in it for a day or three, maybe changing the
water in the middle, with some soap or detergent. When things have
cracks, they can't be cleaned in one, or several, strokes like in the
Spic' and Span commercials.
Then fresh air and sunlight. Point the open end at the sun. As it
moves it will get the inside sides. A couple days will probably do
If not, I'd make it the back-up garbage can, and put it some place out
of the way, and save it for times when your regular number isn't
enough. Leave the lid off, and in a year, it won't smell.
Then skip that suggestion. and thank me for the other two which afaict
might still be good.
It's good in most case when OP's reply to suggestions, but your
replies are dominated by negativity. Not a single line one could call
positive. I noticed this, thought this before I got the reply to
One more thing, if it's going to fill with water without a lid, you
can turn it upside down and put a brick under one side. (How come
when I was little there were aways spare bricks around, but I don't
see that anymore.)
Fats (and foul-smelling fat-soluble things) diffuse into polyethylene,
which is what most plastic trash barrels are made from. That's why your
Tupperware (also polyethylene) gets stained pink from lycopene (fat soluble
dye) in greasy tomato sauce. So basically you have a reservoir of stench
sponging into the plastic, and no amount of surfacting or scrubbing will
take it back out.
on 8/25/2007 4:51 PM Richard J Kinch said the following:
Is it only me that uses plastic bags for garbage before putting it out
in garbage cans?
My cans are stored outside next to the side of the house. I don't smell
them unless I open the lid, and because the garbage is in plastic bags,
there are no (yuck) maggots crawling around in there after a few days..
No lots of my neighbors do. I live in the midst of townhouses. I
used to too, not big bags but smaller ones, until eventually I got the
plastic can dirty enough that it would likely never look new again,
and now I don't bother anymore.
I use brown plastic cans with tan lids, and one of them 24 years old,
and the other more than 14. I never drag them so the bottoms don't
One split vertically in about 4 places but it still worked fine. Yet
I think the garbage men kept in one time, which I don't think they
should have done.
I was able to get another one the same colors
I don't like the new colors and I hope brown will be back by the time
I need another one. Although I got one out of the trash, and that
third one will get promoted to 2nd if one of the others wears out. If
I have a lot, I use the third one.
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