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5 Trash Maintenance Tips

It is important that you form good habits when dealing with your garbage. Both indoor and outdoor trash areas are important to keep clean to prevent mold/bacteria and to deter animals. Here are 5 trash maintenance tips that make dealing with your trash a little bit easier.

1. Use Sturdy Garbage Bags

Although most generic items are just as good as their brand-name counterparts, trash bags are one of the few exceptions. It is actually better to use brand name bags due to their durability. They are also much less likely to split and leak.

2. Address Spills and Odors

It is far easier and more hygienic to clean up spills and kill odors as soon as possible. If you let them sit for too long, mold and bacteria can set in, which will be much harder to eliminate. Using a little baking soda on the top of your trash or spraying a bit of pet-deodorizer are a few ways to eliminate odors cheaply and effectively.

3. Avoid Throwing Away Food

To reduce the amount of trash that you produce, consider composting most organic waste. Fruit and vegetable matter can be easily composted using a self-built compost bin. Modern composting kits can now tackle meat and dairy items as well. Composting will save space, reduce garbage going to landfills and provide you with nutrient-rich fertilizer for your gardens.

4. Deter Animals

Animals and insects can become a huge problem when it comes to trash. To keep animals from getting in your trash, use cans with tight-fitting lids that are not easily opened. You may also secure your lids with ropes or bungee cords, or keep the bins indoors but away from your main home (like the garage or a shed). Deterrents, like ammonia, sprayed inside the bins can also help keep animals at bay.

5. Keep Your Trash Cans Clean

It may seem counter-intuitive to clean a receptacle that houses garbage, but cleaning your cans once a month can prevent unsanitary mold and bacteria growth that could put your family at risk. It also discourages insects and other animals from invading your trash and home.

Other Trash Maintenance Tips

These 5 trash maintenance tips will ensure that your home remains odor and insect/animal free. In the end, this will save you money and the aggravation of dealing with trash problems. For additional tips and guidelines, subscribe to our blog.