5 Easy Tips to Keep Your Wheelie Bins Smelling Fresh

Nobody enjoys the unpleasant stench that can emanate from a wheelie bin, especially during the hot summer months. But even in the winter bins can still be a bit whiffy. The combination of food scraps, garden waste, and other refuse can create a breeding ground for unpleasant odours. However, with a little effort and some simple tips, you can keep your wheelie bins smelling fresh all year round.

  1. Regular Cleaning: The first step in maintaining fresh-smelling wheelie bins is to clean them regularly. After your collection day, rinse the inside of the bin with a hose to remove any residual liquids or debris. Use a mixture of water and a mild detergent to scrub the inside if necessary. Make sure the bin is completely dry before placing new waste inside. Regular cleaning helps prevent the buildup of smelly bacteria.
  2. Use Bin Liners: One effective way to keep your wheelie bin clean and odour-free is to use bin liners. These liners act as a barrier between your waste and the bin, preventing the accumulation of food residue. Opt for strong, durable liners that won’t tear easily.
  3. Segregate Waste: Obviously, we all have separate bins for different kinds of waste, but sometimes it’s easy to accidentally pop a piece of general waste into the recycling bin and vice versa.  Keep recyclables, garden waste, and general waste separate. This reduces the chances of odours spreading. Make sure any recyclable packaging is clean and doesn’t contain food residue.
  4. Baking Soda and odour absorbers: To combat unpleasant smells, place a small container of baking soda at the bottom of your wheelie bin. Baking soda is a natural odour absorber and can help neutralise nasty smells. You can also use commercially available odour-absorbing products designed specifically for bins. These often come in the form of pouches or discs that can be hung or placed inside the bin.
  5. Bonus Tip: Keep Your Wheelie Bin in the shade. Direct sunlight can increase the temperature inside your bin, which can accelerate the decomposition of waste and lead to unpleasant smells. This simple step can help maintain a more pleasant-smelling bin.

At Freshbinz Ltd, we think that maintaining fresh-smelling wheelie bins is a matter of adopting a few easy habits. Regular cleaning, proper waste segregation, and the use of odour-absorbing agents can make a significant difference. Remember that a little effort goes a long way in ensuring that your wheelie bin stays as fresh as possible.

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