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Who doesn’t enjoy a lovely hot summer? But while you are sunning yourselves in a beer garden, all might not be well with your faithful wheelie bin.
Bacteria thrive in warm conditions, and this can cause bad odours and attract unwanted pests. But the good news is that if you take some simple steps, your bin doesn’t have to become a stinky problem.
Keep your bin clean
Cleaning your bin is not a task that most people look forward to, but if you make a point of doing it regularly, the less arduous it will be.
Disinfecting your bin will get rid of bacteria that cause unpleasant odours. Rinse your bins out every few weeks with an antibacterial cleaner, or even just soapy water. If you want to, you can invest in a professional bin cleaning service, which is usually reasonably priced. Here are some more tips on keeping your bin fresh and clean:
Make sure bin bags are securely fastened before putting them in the bin
If bin bags aren’t secured, waste can fall out into the bin and rot, causing an unpleasant odour, and attracting pests. Don’t overfill bin bags either, as they can burst, which causes the same problem.
Empty all containers
All of the recyclable containers you use end up in your recycling bin, and many of these will have contained some type of food product. If they aren’t cleaned properly before they are put in the bin, bacteria will multiply and odours will develop.
Buy a wheelie bin liner
This reduces the risk of residue lingering in your bin and leading to bacterial growth and nasty smells.
Give your bin some TLC
We are all busy, but taking a few minutes to prepare your rubbish before it goes in the bin will help you to avoid a smelly and sticky bin. Wash out any residue from containers and double bag discarded meat or fish to prevent wildlife from rifling through your bin for a tasty morsel!
Cut down on your waste in the first place
Think before you throw anything away. Can you reuse boxes or tins to store things in? Can you use cardboard or egg cartons for school projects? This also applies to food waste. Can you start a compost pile in your garden? The less you throw away, the happier, cleaner, and fresher your bin will be.