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3 Easy Ways to De-Stink Your Trash Can

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Kara
01.22.13

Nobody likes a smelly trash can. It’s embarrassing when you have company over, and it’s just plain tragic when it overpowers the aroma of fresh-baked cookies from your oven. Luckily, getting rid of trashcan odor is really easy! Here are three ways ditch the stink:

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1. The next time you take your trash out, sprinkle a few tablespoons of baking soda into the bottom of the can. The alkali nature of the baking soda will absorb nasty odors like rotten food.

2. If you really don’t want to take any chances, add a few dryer sheets to the bottom  of the can along with the baking soda. Don’t have any baking soda? Fresh coffee grounds will work, too!

3. If you have a real stink-monster of a trashcan, you may need to take more aggressive action. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and thoroughly spritz the inside walls of your trashcan. (If you have some hydrogen peroxide handy, you can disinfect at the same time). Use an old rag to rub in the vinegar, and then rinse the inside with hot water. 

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