The Best Way to Clean Your Bins at Home
No one likes to walk into their house and have the smell of the bin greet them at the door.
Even if you regularly empty the waste collected from food and non-recycled material, the residual bacteria can build up and be especially unpleasant over the hot summer months. And if your bin takes longer to fill, the humid temperatures and discarded waste that’s already gone bad will quickly cook up nasty odours that will be with you a while.
What should I do?
Firstly, you should have a designated food waste bin along with compostable bags to line it with. In recent years most councils have started providing these to households so that food waste can be made into compost instead of damaging the environment in landfill. All types of food can be put into the food waste caddy or brown bin, so if you don’t have one you can either request one along with bags from your local council, or buy one relatively cheaply.
Cleaning Your Food Waste Caddy
The advantage of your food waste caddy is it’s small size which you will frequently be removing its contents from your house to the brown bin outside for collection. But as well as just emptying the sealed bags when full, you should clean the inside of your food waste bin once a week to keep it as fresh as possible. Soap and hot water will do the trick, or you can use natural ingredients like lemon juice and tea tree oil for an eco-friendly alternative with equally good results.
Cleaning Your General Waste Bin or Dustbin
We’ve covered what to do about food waste, but what about everything else that gets thrown away? Other items can also decompose, attract insects and create foul environments in or around your home, which is somewhere that should be kept as hygienic as possible.
Take your bin outside, lay it flat and use a hose or pressure washer to rinse the inside. Then, wearing rubber gloves, use your hands to remove any contents that have come loose with the water and bag them to be disposed of later. Once empty, spray the inside of the bin with a detergent, antibacterial washing up liquid can be used or a bleach mixed with water. The hose can again be used to help distribute the detergent around the bin. Make sure the entire inside of the bin has been covered and allow to sit for several minutes. After this you can rinse, empty the bin and leave to dry. It’s recommended to pour a small amount of bicarbonate of soda into the bottom of the bin to kill any lingering smells.
If you put these tips into practice and stick to a sensible cleaning routine then you shouldn’t spend this summer or beyond ever wondering where that terrible waft in your house is coming from again. Or better still, before a visitor asks the same question