Warm weather equals stinky bins, something I hate this time of year! It doesn’t seem to matter how stringent I am with our perishables before I pop them in the bin, the stench seems to appear regardless!
In recent months, I’ve become extra diligent at recycling my green waste, thanks to my local government’s initiative to introduce compost green waste bins and less frequent pick-ups.
To be honest, I’ve had enough of constantly hosing and disinfecting my bins and to be frank, there’s a lot of things I’d rather be doing during my summer. I recently discovered a great alternative that’s all natural, simple to do and does a great job of neutralising odours.
2 cups baking soda (lump free, just press out lumps with a spoon)
1.5 cups boiled water
15 drops essential oil - any kind will do the trick, I used Tea Tree in mine.
Cupcake/muffin tin/silicone mould/Ice tray
How To Freshen Up Garbage Bins
Mix 15 drops of the essential oil to a cup of water then combine with baking soda. Blend well, adding water slowly until the mix is nice and thick.
I was told to use a muffin tin or mould. But truth be told, the humid conditions in my area meant my tablets took a looooooong time to firm up. Instead, I made smaller ones putting mix into an ice tray instead and it worked a treat, drying up in about a day and a half.
Once dry, get your tablets out of the mould or ice tray and store them in an airtight container.
Use paper towel to line the bottom of your bin, put the tablet on top before putting an empty bag in the bin.
And that’s it! So simple and easy to do. Just replace the tablet every 2-3 weeks, just to make sure they’re working effectively, especially if the weather is warm.
How else can I keep my bin odours away?
1. Soap up the leaks. That brown liquid film that’s on the bottom of my bin is a disgusting thing to discover. Placing either paper towel, or old newspaper/magazine pages at the bottom of your bin is an easy way to catch the mess.
2. Steal kitty’s litter. Cat litter on the bottom of your bin is great at absorbing smells – you only need a sprinkling of it.
3. Bring in the Baking Soda. All you need to do is put some of this natural cleaning product down before you place an empty bag in to keep nasty odours away.
4. Lemon to the rescue. Quarter the lemon and put a couple of pieces on the base of the bin. Just make sure you put new lemon pieces in every time you take the trash out!
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