Trash Bin Cleaner: How to Freshen Them Up With Shaving Cream
If you're on a mission to banish those unpleasant garbage can odors and restore your bins to their shining glory, you're in for a treat.
We stumbled upon a fantastic trash can cleaner hack by the ever-clever Andrea from Andrea Jean Cleaning, and it involves using shaving cream cleaner to give your bins a fresh, like-new appearance.
The idea is that the alcohol from the shaving cream will fight those nasty odor-causing bacteria and break down the grease and grime to reveal a shiny and fresh bin, that sparkles like new.
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1. Bin Selection
The first order of business is to pick the lucky candidates for this task. I decided to test this shaving cream cleaning hack on two plastic bins.
One is a black bin stationed under our sink, dutifully collecting all food waste, which means it can get quite dirty and smelly.
The other, a smaller white bin with a removable inner, serves as one of our bathroom bins. It doesn't get extremely dirty, but who wouldn't want to see if shaving cream can work its whitening magic?
Let’s see if this works
2. The Shaving Cream Showdown
Now, for the real fun. I decided to put both foam and gel-based shaving creams to the test.
While Andrea uses foam, I thought, "Why not explore both to see which one conquers the cleaning battle?"
3. Rub-a-Dub-Dub with Shaving Cream
I began by rubbing the insides of the bins with shaving cream.
I used the gel-based variety for the kitchen bin and the foam for the bathroom bin.
4. Scrub and Shine
With the shaving cream in place, I unleashed the power of my trusty microfiber cloth and scrubbed the bins.
The process did get a bit messy, but nothing too overwhelming.
5. The Waiting Game
I left our bins to marinate in the shaving cream for 10 minutes, allowing the alcohol within the cream to work its cleaning magic.
6. Rinse it Off
After the 10-minute magic session, I rinsed the bins and let them air dry.
7. The Grand Reveal
And now, the moment of truth.
I had a look at the bins and was surprised to see they are extremely clean and emit a fresh aroma.
Shaving cream does have a pleasant scent, but it can be a bit strong, so I was concerned the bins would have an overwhelming scent, but actually – there is no scent, they just smell fresh.
Plus, the white bin appears noticeably brighter.
I would probably only use the foam next time as the gel-based cream did seem to leave a bit of a residue.
8. The Bonus Tip
I finished off by following Andrea’s bonus tip - sprinkling bicarbonate of soda at the bottom of the bin.
I was mindful not to overdo it; you don't want a powder explosion when removing the bin bag daily.
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All in all, this was a great idea for deep-cleaning your bins.
I would love to hear if any of you have some clever ideas. Don't be shy – share them in the comments below!