How to Clean a Stainless Steel Trash Can

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Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose

  • Vinegar

  • Dish soap

  • Nylon scouring pad

  • Clean rags

  • Baking soda

You clean a stainless steel trash can effectively using inexpensive cleaning products.

Stainless steel is a solid choice for trash cans because the material is durable, corrosion-resistant and relatively inexpensive. If your stainless steel trash can becomes dirty and foul-smelling, invest a little energy into cleaning it properly. With regular maintenance, your trash can provide good service for many years.


Step 1

Rinse out the trash can with a garden hose to remove any obvious debris.

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Step 2

Pour equal parts hot water and white vinegar into the trash can -- at least two gallons of each.

Step 3

Add about 10 squirts of liquid dish soap to the trash can.

Step 4

Allow the soapy mix about 15 to 30 minutes to soak in the bottom of the can.

Step 5

Dip a rag into the soapy water and vinegar mixture and use it to scrub the walls of the can, inside and out.


Step 6

Pour the water out of the can and scrub the bottom of the inside with one or more rags.

Step 7

Scrub any stubborn debris or stains with a nylon scrubbing pad.

Step 8

Rinse well with the garden hose and dry thoroughly.

Step 9

Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the can once it has dried completely in order to absorb any lingering odors.


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