Your kitchen seems to be the one room in your house where all the actions takes place! It plays host to family meals where memories are made, girls’ nights in where the wine and gossip flows, and late night cocoa where bad dreams are calmed and little ones nestle close for comfort.


It also is the same room that collects all the waste from messy meals, spills, stains, pet problems, and forgotten food that stowed away in the back of the fridge for far too long! With all that refuse, can there be a way to keep your kitchen garbage smelling fresh? The answer is yes! Read on for some simple tips on reducing odor and preventing germy build-up!

Smelling Fresh

  • Sort your trash—one way to reduce the unwelcome smells that come from household waste to take the time to sort your garbage. For odor, this applies mostly to food waste which should be discarded in the garbage disposal, green bin, or compost heap and recyclable food packaging that should be washed out and placed in the blue box. By reducing the amount of food waste that makes it into the bin, you are preventing the amount of potential decay and bacterial growth that causes foul smells. If you are having a meal that results in a lot of food waste such as chicken wings or shellfish, it is encouraged that you do not put that waste in the trashcan but double bag in and place it in the outdoor can immediately. This will prevent the odor that starts as soon as decay begins.

  • Take it out—similar to above, by simply disposing of trash often, odors do not have a chance to occur. Use smaller bags that fill quicker and require more frequent removal. Minimize the spread of infections and reduces the risk of accidental injury. Make sure to invest in a lidded outdoor bin to keep your weekly trash aside and safe from animals and infestation!


  • Get self-absorbed!—sprinkle baking soda at the base of your garbage bin or directly into trash bags to help absorb odors. Like in your fridge, the addition of sodium bicarbonate acts to neutralize pH levels and absorb the smells caused by sources releasing strong acids. This can be used as a preventative method or this can help to remove smells once they have occurred.

  • Please do litter—add a scoop of clean cat litter in the bottom of the bin and this helps to collect moisture and odor from building up. Any liquids that leak out (beverage containers, coffee grinds, pet accident clean-up) will be absorbed in the litter in clumps. This should be changed weekly to prevent bacterial build-up.

  • Washy, Dry, Repeat—with all the exposure to waste and germs, the trash receptacle itself should be thoroughly cleaned regularly. Try wiping down the inside with a soap and water solution, followed by a bleaching agent or other product to do away with microbial agents. Remember to let the bin dry completely before use to prevent must and mildew.

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Jean R Velasquez is born in 1979. She works in Murray state university and graduated from there itself. She loves her family than anything and her favorite hobby is home decoration. She is a keener in web for latest trends in home improvement and tries to follow that.