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15 Simple And Easy Tips For Dealing With Trash

You need a bigger trash can in your laundry room than you think you do!

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1. Choose the right size bag for your garbage can.

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An overfilled bag is more likely to spill, tear, and smell, and will make it harder to close the bag and to take the trash out.

Trash bag company Plastic Place has a good explainer on how to measure your trash can and then choose the right size bag here.

2. Consider having two kitchen trash cans: a big one for non-smelly trash, and a well-sealed, smaller one (with a liner) for food trash, anything drippy, and other waste that is likely to smell bad.

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Having a smaller one will force you to take it out more often — before it gets really disgusting.

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7. If possible, get a kitchen trash can that opens with a foot pedal.

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It's highly likely that your hands will be full and/or dirty when you need throw something away in the kitchen. Also, push lids get disgusting, fast, and often scuff the wall behind them.

8. If you've got gross leftovers in reusable containers in your fridge that you're dreading dealing with (hey, it happens to the best of us!) stick them in the freezer. Then just pop the entire frozen mass out into the trash.

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9. Get an indoor container for recyclables, so you don't have to go outside every time you finish a can of soda or jug of milk.

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Then just carry the whole thing to your outdoor recycling bin once it's full.

Get one on Amazon for $11.71.

10. Clean and sanitize the inside of your trash can once a week.

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Look, I know you're not going to do that...but at least clean the lid once a week (especially if it's a push-top one), and clean and sanitize the inside monthly. And don't forget to do this for your outdoor trash bins too!

12. If you have a small dog whose poop bags are making your garage trash can smell really bad, throw them in a diaper pail instead.

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15. Put a trash can in your laundry room — and get a bigger one than you think you need.

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You need something for all of that dryer lint you're scraping off after each cycle. Also, I have seen so many laundry room trash cans straight up overflowing with dryer lint over the years that I am now convinced that 1) dryers produce way more lint than we think they do, 2) no one ever remembers to empty the laundry room trash can, and 3) you should just get the biggest trash can your laundry room can accommodate.