Clean House: The Dreaded Bottom of the Trash Can

Posted by: on September 1st, 2012 | 4 Comments
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Use pet spray on the bottom of the trash can

Q: The bottom of my trash can gets moldy, smelly and just plain gross. How can I tackle this cleaning job?

A: After spraying the can down with a hose outdoors or in your bathtub, try this simple trick: Give the trash can a spray inside and out with a cleaner designed for spot-treating pet messes. These types of sprays have an enzyme that kills bacteria and neutralizes odors, which are two key parts of this cleaning task. The enzyme speeds up the biodegradation process of organic materials—that’s most of the funky foodstuff that you’ll find in the bottom of the trash can.

Also recommended: let the can dry in the sun after you’ve given it another rinse with the hose. Any mold will be zapped by pure sunshine.

Whether your home is regularly sparkling clean or you avoid a dreaded day of chores, our Clean House column has you covered. Get the best down and dirty tricks to help you breeze through even the worst cleaning jobs in your house. And check out our online Cleaning Supplies page for everything you need to keep your kitchen, bathroom and all of your home spic and span. 

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  1. Nicole says:

    I would love to add the pull-out trash bin like the one pictured. Is this something I can buy online from Home Depot?