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How to Properly Disinfect Your Garbage Can

Posted on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

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Cleaning Garbage Cans

Given how often the inner surfaces of garbage cans come into contact with organic waste and other waste products, it should come as no surprise that they can quickly become utterly and thoroughly filthy. After all, no lining material is perfect and indestructible.

Whether you are using single stream recycling or not recycling at all, waste products will escape the lining eventually and once they do, they'll probably stick to the inside surfaces of your garbage cans - until you plug your nose and take the time to give them a good cleaning. Periodic cleanings are a vital part of handling refuse and recycling in Connecticut.

Reasons to Clean Your Garbage Cans

Unsurprisingly, unclean garbage cans are one of the filthiest locations in or close to your household. Bacteria is likely to grow inside your garbage cans while rodents and other vermin might approach it if the residue is large enough. Finally, dirty garbage cans are an offense to the primary senses, particularly sight and smell. 

How to Properly Disinfect Your Garbage Can

1. Prepare yourself by dressing up in the appropriate accessories and picking up all of the necessary cleaning supplies. Examples include rubber gloves and a face mask to protect you against the smell, plus bleach for disinfecting your garbage can.

2. Remove the container's contents and call trash removal companies to haul it away before rinsing out your garbage with a hose.

3. Fill the garbage can to a third of its height with warm water before adding either bleach or ammonia. Do not mix the two because they react to produce toxic fumes. Let the disinfectant sit for anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours depending on how filthy your garbage can is.

4. Use a brush and/or cloth to scrub the surfaces of your garbage with the cleaner. Make sure you include the garbage can lid in this cleaning routine.

5. Empty the garbage can once you are done and let it dry completely before returning it to usage.

For more tips on properly disinfecting your garbage can, contact your local Guilford CT trash removal company, or any other local company that handles refuse and recycling in Connecticut.

Key Takeaways:

  • Disinfect garbage cans using a disinfecting agent such as either bleach or ammonia.
  • Rinse out the garbage can, fill it with warm water and the disinfecting agent, scrub it clean, and then let it dry before returning it to use.

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