How to Keep Your Indoor Bin Clean

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05 Sep 2013

Getting into the groove of cleaning out an indoor dustbin is far from exciting, especially if the household waste has been left to simmer in the bin all week.

To avoid odour build-up, ant invasion and spills, rinse out your soda cans, takeaway containers and any other food packaging before tossing it in the rubbish bin.

To avoid nose scrunching and one handed bin cleaning tactics, you’ll have to start managing the in-house garbage a bit better.

Michael Lee from GLAD says homeowners can reduce smells by separately parcelling high-odour items such as nappies and pet waste.

He advises property owners to keep general refuse apart from recyclables and compost as this will also help neutralise odours. 

He says a recycling bin can be used either outdoors or indoors; however, a compost bin is better suited for the outdoors.

Lee shares a few tips to help keep a clean, healthy kitchen devoid of uncharacteristic smells and opportunistic insects.

1. He says homeowners who have never used bin liners will benefit greatly from these as they keep all the waste in one secure bag, which makes for easy disposal.

He says the upside of this is also to avoid getting the bin dirty as cleaning it can be a strain.

Lee says property owners should use quality bin bags to avoid rips and tears, which in turn will help prevent spills. He says with quality bags you won’t need to double bag items.

He suggests that homeowners also make use of bags with stretch technology. This means the bag stretches around the waste objects and awkward edges, which will prevent rips and tears.

Using quality bin liners not only ensures that all your waste is secure but also makes for easy disposal.

2. To avoid odour build-up, ant invasion and spills, rinse out your soda cans, takeaways containers and any other food packaging before tossing it in the rubbish bin.

3. When choosing plastic bins, Lee says take the bag size, brand and quality of the bag into consideration. He says the correct size is important because the alternative means having a bag that needs to be stretched and ends up tearing or one that is too big and falls inside the bin. Both instances can result in a messy, dirty and unhygienic situation.

Lee says choose drawstring bags if you need to adjust the bag to the bin, as the strings go over the bin and can be pulled tighter. He says handle tie bags make carrying the bag to an outside refuse bin easy and dirt-free.

To absorb smells sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the inside of the bin or opt for fragranced bin liners.

Homeowners should also consider the depth of the bag – if the bag is too short for the bin, the chances of it breaking are greater. The deeper the bag, the better, he says.

4. Ideally, one should avoid overfilling their bins. Empty them out regularly by transferring the bag to the outside bin. Lee says what homeowners should note when it comes to emptying the dustbin is that the frequency will vary from household to household.

5. Before tackling the inside of the bin with soapy water, sweep out any bits of leftover waste. Use a disinfectant with the soapy water and, depending on the dry mess, let it stand for a while before thoroughly washing the bin. Don’t forget to give the outside a good wipe down as well.

6. To absorb smells sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the inside of the bin or opt for fragranced bin liners.

Fragranced refuse bags are an ideal solution when it comes to combating and reducing unpleasant smells, says Lee.

He says their bin liners come in eucalyptus scented drawstring bags andzesty citrus fragrance handle tie bags as well as pedal bin drawstring bags.– Katlego Sekano 

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