How Deodorize Garbage Cans and Recycling Bins

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Using ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda to deodorize a trash can or recycling bin is an easy and effective way to neutralize odors and keep your home smelling fresh and clean. From cleaning a dirty trash can to ensuring that it stays odor-free, baking soda gets it done from start to finish.

Things You'll Need

  • ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda
  • Sponge
  • Clean cloth
  • Plastic baggie (optional)

Use baking soda to clean a dirty trash can.

Start by wiping out your trashcan to remove any liquids or residue. Then, sprinkle liberally with baking soda and wipe it down inside and out. Use a sponge or clean cloth to wipe away the dirt and grime. Rinse with water and dry with a towel or let your trash can dry in the sun.

Sprinkle baking soda in your trash can to neutralize odors.

Sprinkle two tablespoons directly in the bottom of your trash can to help neutralize odors. If you have a wicker or metal trash can, try placing a baggie with two tablespoons of baking soda in the bottom of your trash can. Just leave the top of the baggie open so the baking soda can absorb any odors.

Sprinkle baking soda in your trash can liner when food is added.

If you toss food or other smelly substances away but aren't ready to take the trash out, sprinkle a little bit of baking soda in your trash can liner to keep food and other items from smelling up your home. The baking soda will help absorb some of the odor until you are ready to toss it.

Use baking soda to absorb liquids.

If liquid has escaped from your trash bag and has ended up in the bottom of your trash can, sprinkle liberally with baking soda then wipe clean. The baking soda will absorb liquid, making it easier to clean up.

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