You’ve just cleaned the kitchen from top to bottom. All the surfaces are clean, the stove is spotless, the oven looks brand new, and the bins are empty. So why does your kitchen still smell? You may not realise it, but your kitchen bin probably needs a good clean. Tasked with holding onto our waste until it’s time to take out the trash it’s certainly one of the dirtiest aspects of any kitchen.
Today, we’re going to show you how to stop your bin from smelling. From the choice of cleaning utensils to the cleaning solutions you use, there are several methods on how to get rid of bin smell, including the use of a countertop compost bin.
If you want your kitchen to smell its best, keep reading to eliminate bin odours for good.
Clean Your Bin
It’s a cleaning solution that goes back through the ages. Grab yourself an empty spray bottle, bowl or basin, and add:
- 5 cups of water
- 1 cup of vinegar
- A few drops of essential oil
Keep in mind that you can adjust this ratio if you only want to make a small amount for a one time use.
Vinegar is naturally antibacterial and is tough on nasty odours. Mixed with essential oils for added aroma, and you’ve got yourself an outstanding natural cleaning solution.
This solution is perfect for people who are hypoallergenic and need something that doesn’t involve strong perfumes. You can even leave the essential oils out if you want no extra scents.
Keep in mind that your kitchen will smell like vinegar for a day or two!
We recommend using either a paper towel or reusable washcloth. If your bin is extra grimy, a cloth that has extra grip is always better at giving a thorough clean as it can grip to the walls of your bin better. Just make sure you clean your cloth straight after to avoid further smell!
The best part about using vinegar and water is you can pour the solution into a spray bottle and use it on kitchen counters. You can also store water and vinegar for quite a while. So if you have any leftover solution, keep it in the cupboard for the next bin clean.
Soap and Water
Don’t have enough vinegar? Then soap and water will still get the job done.
- Start by boiling the kettle. Adding hot water will help remove any stains and make cleaning your bin easier.
- Add dishwashing detergent to the mix.
- Swirl the mixture.
- Wipe down the inside with a cloth or scrubber. We recommend using the Joseph Joseph Edge Washing Up Brush.
- Flush dirty water down the toilet, not the drain (this prevents any chemicals from entering our waterways).
- Turn upside down to drip dry. This is particularly important for metal bins, as excess water can lead to watermarks or rusting.
- Finally, wipe the bin down with a dry rag.
If you have a nice grass area, feel free to hose down your bin, at the end of this process. This will ensure no soap is left on the bin and the sun can kill any extra germs lurking on your kitchen bin.
Get A New Bin
Nothing lasts forever. If your rubbish bin has been neglected for far too long, it might be time to get a replacement and send it to the bin. Bin smell can leak into walls of your bin (especially if it is made from plastic) which can lead to a permanent smelling bin.
The 5 Litre Brabantia NewIcon Pedal Bin is an excellent replacement for any kitchen bin. Being both stylish and hygienic, it features an odour-proof lid that closes softly and opens with only the lightest foot tap. Boasting an easily clean, removable plastic inner bucket, the bin’s entire construction is planet-friendly (Cradle-to-Cradle® Certified, Bronze level). We also recommend this bin as it has a lid! Lids are very effective at keeping your rubbish smell inside the bin.
However, if you think you need a larger bin, the Brabantia NewIcon Pedal Bin is also available in a 12L variety. However, kitchen wisdom suggests a smaller bin to prevent waste from sitting around too long and creating more awful smells.
We also suggest using biodegradable kitchen bags for an added touch of environmental friendliness on bin day. If you can find a scented one that is also a great way to reduce bin smell!
Composting Food Waste
Compost bins simply put an innovative spin on a natural process that has been occurring for millions of years – the decomposition of organic material.
With a compost bin, you can reduce and recycle your kitchen waste–used tea bags, coffee grinds, eggshells, vegetable and fruit peelings, and other food scraps. A compost bin can comfortably fit on the counter or under the sink and easily holds several days’ worth of organic waste. Then when it’s full, add the material to your compost heap.
How to stop your food waste bin from smelling? Get composting.
Other Stink-Free Bin Solutions
Here are some low effort solutions to stop your kitchen bin from smelling:
- Add old newspapers to the bottom of your bin to soak up any liquids, preventing bad smells from lingering. You can also wrap food scraps in newspaper before adding them to your compost bin.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your bin. The baking soda will help to absorb odours.
- Using cat litter is another simple solution for eliminating bad smells. Add a small scoop to the bottom of your bin to absorb nasty odours. Just a reminder, this trick won’t work with your recycling bin.
- Thanks to their neutralising aroma, a few coffee beans can also work wonders in the kitchen bin.
- The natural citrus acids from lemons and oranges are great ingredients for any natural cleaning solution. You can add them to the natural remedy we listed above.
- Kill it with bleach—certainly the most powerful solution on this list. A common household product, bleach is a chemical that can kill pretty much every strain of bacteria.
- Mix 3 cups of bleach to 4 litres of water in your bin, then get scrubbing. Leave to dry once the cleaning is complete, and wipe down with a towel to remove excess water.