Sometimes washing your garbage can isn’t enough to get rid of odors. Before refilling it with bags of garbage, spray the inside bottom and sides of your trash can with undiluted ammonia. This disinfects the can and gets rid of any remaining odors.

Spray the outside of the can to deter critters such as raccoons and rodents from getting into your trash.

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Joe Truini

Radio Show Co-Host

Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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