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Eliminate the Odor from Your Trash Can: 5 Things that Actually Work


No matter how much effort we put into keeping our house clean, the trash can always seems to smell awful, all the time.

Does that mean we have to just give up and live with the stench? Or take our trash out 3 times a day?

Thankfully, no! All you need to do is try one of these tricks:



A spoonful of baking soda at the bottom of your trash can will neutralize bad odors in the future. Add a bit of lemon zest for maximum effectiveness and a better aroma.



Prepare a natural citrus juice (from oranges, lemon, grapefruit...) and pour it into an empty bin. Place it in the sun and wait for it to dry. Then insert your trash bag as normal. Repeat this process every two weeks for best results.



3. OIL

More specificaly, tea tree oil.  Mix together one cup of water and 20 drops of this essence and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spritz a bit of it in the trash can every day before inserting the trash bag. Bonus: this will also help chase away insects!



You'll also need a pack of those color catching laundry sheets that normally go in your washer. Take one, cut it in half, moisten it a bit if it's dried out, and then sprinkle on some cinnamon. Place this at the bottom of your garbage bin.



If you have a cat at home, this is especially easy. Use the litter box sand to create a layer of about 2 inches at the bottom of the trash can. This will absorb all the bad odors from the garbage. Change the sand every two weeks.


What are YOUR tricks for keeping the bad odors away? Tell us in the comments!

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  • 2 large water or soda bottles (empty)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Ready 2 large plastic bottles, cleaned and dried.
  3. Add 1 cup of flour to each bottle.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of sugar to each.
  5. Melt butter, then add equal halves to each bottle.
  6. Add 6 eggs, 3 in each.
  7. Add 1/2 tbsp of baking powder to each.
  8. Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream to each.
  9. Shake the bottles thoroughly until the contents are well mixed.
  10. In one of the bottles only, add the cocoa powder.
  11. Beginning with the cocoa powder mixture, add a dolop of batter to the center of a circular
  12. baking tin. Do the same with the other mixture, placing the dolop directly in the center of the previous one.
  13. Continue with alternating additions of each mixture until all batter is used and the tin is full.
  14. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  15. Serve and enjoy!

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