How to De Stink your Garbage Can

The smell of the kitchen garbage wafted a greeting at me as I walked in the front door of the house.  If the kitchen was located in the vicinity of the front of the house this might not bother me, but kitchen is located in the rear of the house. It only takes one time walking into a house that smells like kitchen trash (or dirty feet) for me to try to get down to the root of the problem. Why does my kitchen trash can smell so horrible ALL THE TIME?

I tried a few different things to de-stink the trash, but they didn’t seem to be working.  I tried making sure to spray the inside and outside of the trashcan with my homemade antibacterial spray.  I tried making sure I only emptied the refrigerators on Wednesdays and then immediately took that trash outside for pickup the next morning.  I tried sprinkling baking soda in the bottom of the can. . . nope. . . still smelly.

A brilliant thought finally hit me like a freight train.  The reason my trash stinks is because I eat a lot of real food and when you eat a lot of real food you have a lot of organic waste that goes in the rubbish bin, which then decomposes and creates unpleasant odors. . .

After I digested that thought a vision of the compost bin sitting in the yard taking up space flew into my mind.  We hadn’t bothered to use it since our little person took up too much time to plant a garden the past couple of years.  I put two and two together and started walking my lazy butt out to the composter each evening with all the kitchen scraps and am happy to say that I now have a stink free garbage can.

(As an added bonus I now have compost which means we will have to start making plans for another garden.)



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