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9 Clever Tips for Dealing with Kitchen Trash


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Trash duty is no one’s favorite chore.  So we gathered these ideas that will get things smelling a little fresher, make it easier to replace the bags, and more. 

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Drill holes in the can or the liner.

Holes toward the bottom of your can or liner will allow air to flow and help your bag slide right out when you pull it.

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Keep bags from falling in with an upside-down hook.

Attach a Command hook to the side of your can, stick it on there upside-down, and loop the drawstring around the hook.

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Sprinkle some baking soda at the bottom of the can.

It will help prevent and absorb smells. You can also use coffee beans, cat litter, or charcoal, etc.

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Or add a cotton ball.

Soak a cotton ball in a few drops of essential oil and drop it into the can. You’ll end up with a fragrant little odor-fighting cloud.

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Store your bags in a reusable bin.

Drop the roll of trash bags into a plastic bin and pull the last bag out from the middle and thread it through the bin’s handle. This way, you can pull out a new one just like it’s a tissue.

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Or store them at the bottom of the can.

Toss your bags into the bottom of your trash can. Just grab one when it’s time to re-line the can.

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