Deodorize Your Skip Bin: Tips to Get Rid of Bad Odour from Your Bin

Environmental Blog

Skip bins save you a great deal of trouble dealing with accumulated waste from your home. This waste can come from different places such as your kitchen leftovers, dirt from cleaning your house or even your garden. When the waste lies there for a while, odour causing bacteria creeps in, and that's where the trouble starts. Here are a few tips to get rid of that odour and leave your skip bins smelling fresh all day.

Keep away from the sun

Skip bins kept in the sun will encourage the growth of bacteria. The heat catalyses and forms the ideal conditions for bacterial growth, and since there's a plentiful supply of nutrients, the bad odour will set in. Keep your skip bin under shade to discourage bacterial growth.

Hot steam your bin

If you empty your bin and still notice a bad odour fuming from within, consider giving it a good spray of hot steam. Take a scoop of baking soda and sprinkle it all over the base. Add a good amount too in the steamer can.  Half a cup of vinegar and liquid laundry detergent should top it all. Fill the steamer and allow the hot steam to build up. Spray the bin, paying closer attention to the ridges and the corners, to flush out any mucky substance and bacteria. Rinse it and leave it to dry before using it again.

Pressure wash it off

Got a garden hose and some old newspapers tucked away somewhere? Perfect! All you have to do is connect the hose to your water supply and spray the bin clean. However, this will not entirely get rid of the bad odour. Take some old newspapers and soak them in a mixture of white vinegar and warm water, then lay them at the base of the bin for about an hour. Take them out, rinse the bin clean and allow drying.

Bleach it

Bleach has a strong chemical concoction that is sure to kill all the bacteria and flush out any stubborn stains from your skip bin. Take a jug of warm water and mix it with a cup of bleach in a bucket. Pour this mixture and allow it to settle for an hour. Take a soft brush and work the stains out, then rinse it. The bleach, however, will still leave a strong odour behind. To get rid of this, take some lemon skins and drop them in the skip bins and by evening you will have a clean, fresh smelling bin.


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