An Old-School Hack Will Keep Your Garbage Can Smelling Fresh

One of the most frustrating problems in the kitchen is lingering odors from the garbage can. It can feel like, no matter what you do, you can still detect a scent. Of course, this makes sense, considering the smell comes from kitchen waste. But until the garbage can is full enough to take outside, the smell can sometimes become unbearable.

Luckily, there are quite a few hacks to remove the smell from your trash can. Before trying any of these hacks, ensure you thoroughly clean your trash can – that may be the source of the smell. Once your trash can is clean, try placing a dryer sheet at the bottom of your can. You could also try sprinkling 1 tablespoon of baking soda in the bottom and replacing it about once a week, according to Emily's Maids. Another old-school trick requires you to go to the garden and grab some fresh herbs.

The herb that does it all

Mint has tons of uses around the house besides adding to your favorite summer cocktails or garnishing home-cooked meals. According to Reader's Digest, one reader wrote in and said that a great way to remove garbage can odors is by placing a sprig of mint in the can every day. 

Of course, this hack is perfect for those who grow mint in their garden, especially if you grow spearmint. This is because, unless contained in a pot, spearmint spreads quickly and can take over a garden. If you're looking for something to do with all your mint, placing it in your trash can is a great way to use it and keep your trash smelling nice, even in the hot summer months when odors are more noticeable. If you aren't an avid gardener, you can still buy fresh mint leaves at the store to try this hack.

Other ways to remove garbage can odors

While mint is a great way to remove garbage can odors, not everyone has easy access to mint. Luckily, there are many other ways to remove odors from your garbage can.

Taste Of Home suggests soaking a cotton ball in essential oils and placing it at the bottom of your trash can. They recommend switching the cotton ball once a week to keep it fresh.

Emily's Maids lists a few DIY ways to freshen up trash without ever having to leave home. Using the rinds or juices from a citrus fruit can freshen your can. Just squeeze a lime or lemon into the can and let it dry, or place the rinds at the bottom of the can. Alternatively, you could place a bag or bowl of coffee beans at the bottom of your can. Finally, you could wash out your trash can with vinegar and water. To do this, fill up the can with three cups of vinegar and water. After letting it soak for an hour, remove and let the can dry overnight.