Nobody ever wants to take the rubbish out, much less, clean the bin! At the height of summer though, bins become a bacteria’s delight! Research has shown that if left unemptied for a fortnight, the level of extremely harmful bacteria can multiply by 600%…
You might not be able to see that it’s dirty, but if you don’t keep it fresh, you’ll definitely be able to smell it! To stop that from happening, here’s a few useful tips for your to employ:
- Wipe over the bin lid a couple of times a week, using a disinfectant wipe or spray. Even with the best of intentions, the bin lid gets covered in grime as the food flies past!
- Next time you’re buying a new kitchen bin, think about getting a foot-operated one so you can access the inside without having to touch the lid and potentially spread germs. Buy as big a bin as you can to fit the space!
- Clean the bin thoroughly once a week. Grab a pair of rubber gloves and get started! Avoid overfilling the bin bag, if it spills over or splits, the job gets much grimier…
- If the bin’s particularly gruesome, take it outside and hose it down first to loosen the worst of the grime. If you don’t have enough garden space, you could also do this in the bathtub.
- Use a multi-purpose disinfectant spray on the inside of the bin and, then scrub it with a toilet brush (not previously used in the toilet!) or a broom. Rinse and leave to dry.
- Ideally allow the bin to dry in the sun as the heat gets rid of mould. Then replace the bin liner.
- If the outside of your bin is matt brushed stainless steel, we recommend you clean it with a microfibre cloth and a glass cleaner.
- Using a drop of olive oil on a dry cloth can also quickly remove fingerprint marks and prevent new ones being left.
- To absorb odours and moisture, sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda at the bottom of the bin before replacing the bin bag.
Your bin shouldn’t require a deep clean often if you empty the bin bag frequently and wipe down with anti-bacterial wipes so stay vigilant with your bin management!