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4 Ways to Battle Trash Can Odors

Preventing Trash Odors

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Sure, we know that a trash can isn't going to end up smelling like roses, but is it too much to ask that it not smell up our entire house?

1. Baking Soda

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Baking soda can work wonders at preventing odors in your trash cans.  Baking soda can be sprinkled in the bottom of a trash can or directly into the trash to help absorb stinky odors.  As an added bonus, baking soda is great for scrubbing out your trash can to remove odors that may have seeped into the trash can.

2. Bleach

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Sometimes you need a tough disinfectant to get rid of germs and odors.  Although bleach has its own strong odor, it can kill germs that may be helping to keep your trash can stinky.  Be careful with bleach when using it to clean your trash can to be sure it won't damage the finish on the can.  It's also important to remember to keep your work area well ventilated when working with bleach.

3. Cat Litter

Cat litter in the bottom of your trash can will keep moisture and trashy odors from invading your home.  The cat litter absorbs odors and liquids, leaving a fresh scent in the vicinity of the trash.  After a week or when the cat litter becomes damp with moisture, just dump it out and add some more.

4. Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets make another great anti-odor tool for your trash.  Toss a dryer sheet into the trash can and stinky odors will be a thing of the past.  It doesn't even need to be a new dryer sheet.  Used dryer sheets still have plenty of ability to block odors in your trash.

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