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Give Your Clean Kitchen a Finishing Touch in 15 Minutes

published Mar 19, 2021
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I might sound like a broken record right now, but spring cleaning is all about the unsung heroes of your home. It’s a time to spruce up all the things and places that mostly get ignored the rest of the year. Your garbage can is one of those things.

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Taryn uses Libman's Microfiber Sponge Cloth, which combines the best parts of a cloth and a sponge: It lifts dirt and grime without streaking, and it's super absorbent.

When it comes to routine, weekly cleaning, my garbage can gets an exterior wipe down. And I hose out the recycling bin every few weeks. But I confidently ignore the random crumbs collecting under the bins, and the gunk building up in the hidden, hard-to-get-to grooves.

But not anymore. The final part of our five-day kitchen spring clean is completing the finishing touch of a sparkling clean trash can…

Day 5: Clean the garbage can.

Every garbage can is a little bit different. Yours might be one plastic bin, or you might have something more complex with an outside shell or separate bins for different types of waste. But here’s a general plan for how to get it done:

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A detail brush cleans out a trash can's tracks and grooves. Libman's Tile & Grout Brush handles this task very well.
  • Take out the trash and recycling before you begin, and pull your trash can away from the wall so you can reach all around it.
  • If your trash can has removable bins, pull those out and give them a scrub with all-purpose cleaner or soapy water. Leave the clean bins out to dry off and air out.
  • Clean the inside of your trash can with a brush or rag, starting at the top and working your way to the bottom. Use a detail brush to clear out any tracks or grooves along the way.
  • Once you’ve reached the bottom of the can, vacuum or brush out the debris from the bottom.
  • Replace the inner bins, then wipe down the exterior of the trash can.
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The Freedom Spray Mop Taryn is using here can be filled with whatever cleaning solution you'd like and replaces single-use disposable pads for a reusable, machine-washable microfiber pad.

While your trash can is away from the wall (and in the spirit of spring cleaning), now is a good time to clean the floor and wall behind where it usually sits. Then you can put your garbage can back into place knowing your clean kitchen has its finishing touch.

Taryn's Tips

The plastic parts of your trash can can absorb odors, but cleaning them regularly can help keep foul smells at bay.

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