Want to make a bad day worse? Call it trash day. Trash duty is one of the most universally hated chores and for good reason. It smells. It’s gross. And there’s a chance that raccoons will get involved.
You can’t get rid of trash duty, but you can make it easier by fixing these common annoyances:
1. Annoyance: The Trash Bag Slides Down the Can
Fix #1: Use Binder Clips
Secure the trash bag to the can with binder clips. Simply grab two large clips and affix them to the bag, one on either side. When it’s time to toss the trash, just unclip!
Fix #2: Harness the Power of Magnets
Use magnets to hold the edges of the trash bag to the outside of a metal can. Simply pull the bag over the edge and then place small magnets over the edge.
Fix #3: Involve Elastic
If this is beginning to go from minor annoyance to major problem, it’s time to bring out the big guns: elastic. Measure out elastic so it fits the lip of your can and sew it into a band. This elastic band is reusable. When the bag is in the can, secure it in place with the elastic. Then when it’s time to take out the trash, slide the band down an inch or two to free the bag.
2. Annoyance: No Trash Bags to be Found
Fix #1: Paper Towel Rod
Secure a paper towel rod to the wall near your trash can, and use it to hold a trash bag roll rather than paper towels.
Fix #2: Drop a Roll in the Can
This one is so simple it’s hard not to do. When the trash can is bag-free, drop a roll of unused bags in the bottom. Every time you remove a full trash bag, the new bags are right there! It’s really that easy.
3. Annoyance: Bag Gets Bloated and Stuck
Fix #1: Drill a Hole
Trash bags are gross enough without bloating and getting stuck to the can, meaning you have to use more force (and spend more time next to a stinky bag). Prevent the problem by drilling a small hole in the side of the trash can. This prevents air from getting trapped in the can, which is the problem making removal so hard.
4. Annoyance: Foul-Smelling Trash
Fix #1: Baking Soda
The next time you take your trash out, sprinkle a few tablespoons of baking soda into the bottom of the can. The alkali nature of the baking soda will absorb nasty odors like rotten food.
Fix #2: Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets in the trash can will absorb odors and block the stink from wafting towards your nose. It doesn’t even need to be a fresh sheet! Used dryer sheets are still powerful enough to stop the smell. Simply drop a sheet or two in the bottom of the can before lining it with your next bag.
Fix #3: Cat Litter
Cat litter has one job: it prevents cat poo from stinking up your house. Harness its smell-fighting power by pouring a cup or two in the bottom of your can. Once a week, or when the cat litter becomes damp, toss it and refill the can with dry cat litter.