Is your garbage can giving off a putrid smell? If so, a lot of things could be to blame. Hopefully you already have a good garbage-removal service that hauls away your trash at least once a week. If not, then getting one is definitely the first step in quelling garbage-can smells! Aside from that, though, there are many things you can do to reduce or eliminate trash-can odors and to save your nostrils until the next trash pick-up day.
Don't Skimp on Garbage-Bag Quality
First things first, if you're buying the cheapest possible trash bags, you're also buying the weakest trash bags, so don't be surprised if you end up dealing with nasty, lingering smells.
While it's okay to "go cheap" on many purchases, you really don't want to apply this principle to your trash bags. Choose the highest quality trash bags possible, even if that means spending a little more money.
These trash bags will be thicker and more durable, meaning they won't leak out contents and the associated smells. Plus, the thick coating of the bag will keep odors inside the trash can where they belong instead of sending them wafting out for everyone to smell!
Clean Your Can
If you're like most people, then you simply put your trash can back in place after your garbage service comes and picks up your trash. Unfortunately, though, just because your trash is gone doesn't necessarily mean that the smell is gone too. Sometimes your garbage can leave behind nasty, lingering odors, and the only way to get rid of them is to clean your trash can after the trash is gone.
Though it may not be fun, clean out your trash can thoroughly with soap and water and then let it dry outside in the sun. If you don't have the time to do this or don't want to, check with your garbage service to see whether they offer any kind of cleaning or sanitizing for a fee.
Use Baking Soda
One way that you can stop odors before they even start is by making liberal use of baking soda! Sprinkle a generous amount in the bottom of your trash bag and in the bottom of the trash can itself.
This should help to absorb any odors immediately so that you never have to smell them in the first place!
As you can see, you don't have to live with stinky trash! You just need a good garbage service and a little bit of effort on your part.