How to Clean Dumpsters


When the local sanitation services department delivers a dumpster to your home for weekly trash pickup, the idea of cleaning that dumpster is probably not anyone's idea of a nice Saturday morning activity. However, your garbage dumpster can become quite gross and stinky after a while. This is especially true if it sits outside in the hot sun or inside a warm garage. Clean a dumpster in a short amount of time, quickly and easily, with some disinfectant, a hose and an old mop.

Things You'll Need

  • Hose
  • Nozzle attachment
  • Liquid bleach
  • Mop
  • Ensure that the dumpster is completely empty.

  • Roll the dumpster out to the street, alley or the edge of the driveway.

  • Place a nozzle on the end of your hose. This nozzle ideally should have settings that control the output of the water. Put the nozzle on the strongest or highest setting.

  • Rinse out the dumpster by spraying a steady stream of water down the sides and along the bottom.

  • Fill the dumpster with about six inches of water.

  • Add one or two cups of liquid bleach or another disinfectant to the water.

  • Use an old mop or scrubbing brush to scrub down the inside of the dumpster and remove any debris.

  • Wait 15 to 30 minutes before emptying the dumpster.

  • Lay the dumpster on its side and allow the water to drain out.

  • Hose down the inside of the dumpster.

  • Leave the dumpster open to dry. Do not put any trash in the dumpster until it is completely dry, as the moisture might become a new breeding ground for dirt and germs.

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