how to clean a smelly garbage can

How to Clean Your Smelly Outdoor Garbage Like a Pro!!

How to clean a smelly outdoor garbage can? Outdoor garbage cans cannot help but be stinky. But who cares, right? It’s outside, and there’s a lid on it, so most of the time, you can’t even smell it. Yet every time you put a garbage sack in there, better be quick about it cause it stinks.

I paid a young man to clean my outside trash cans and he did a great job! It’s a big job but manageable if you know the steps. Watch the video and learn how to clean, deodorize and disinfect your garbage can.

What you’ll need

Here are some cleaning supplies to have handy before you tackle cleaning your trash can. 


➡️ All-Purpose Cleaner
➡️ Blue Dawn dish soap
➡️ Bleach

Other Cleaning Essentials

➡️ Spray bottles
➡️ Household cleaning gloves
➡️ Pressure Washer or regular hose
➡️ Long handle scrub brush or broom
➡️ Regular brush

How to Clean a Smelly outdoor garbage can

Stinky garbage cans are unpleasant and unsanitary. They can attract maggots and other bugs or pests too. So if your garbage can is emitting an awful odor and needs to be cleaned, follow our simple steps. Your trash can will be spotless and odorless.


1. General wet down of the whole garbage can

Clean your garbage can inside and out using a pressure washer or garden hose.

2. Spray with all-purpose cleaner, add the liquid detergent, and bleach

Fill a spray bottle with any cleaner of your choice and squirt a bit of liquid Dawn and bleach. Let the bleach sit for 5 minutes.

3. Give it a scrub

Use a regular brush on spots you can easily reach and a long handle brush to get far down the bottom of the can.

4. Rinse thoroughly

Rinse off all the gunk stuck on food, grass clippings, and whatever other gross, smelly business is inside the garbage can.

Bleach Safety

  • Always read the warnings and instructions.
  • Wear protective gloves and clothing to protect your skin.
  • Consider wearing goggles if you might splash them into your eyes.
  • Ensure good ventilation in the area, and open windows and doors if you can.
  • Never mix bleach with other cleaners. Especially bleach with toilet bowl cleaner or bleach with ammonia. Bleach and ammonia make a poisonous gas called chlorine gas.

How often should you clean your garbage can?

It depends on you and how much a stinky can bothers you. But for cleanliness’ sake, we recommend cleaning the can once or twice a year.

If you have any questions for us, please feel free to leave them in the comments section.

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