How to Clean the Rubbish Bin - dummies

By Gill Chilton

Every day the rubbish bin comes in contact with what you don’t want in the kitchen so keeping it clean is essential to keeping a clean, healthy kitchen.

When choosing a rubbish bin, for hygienic reasons it has to be a pedal-operated bin because your hands don’t make contact with the bin lid, so there’s zero chance of transferring germs. But if you prefer bins with swinging or lift tops, regularly wipe over the lid area with an antibacterial solution or wipe.

Daily emptying is ideal. Wipe down with cleaning wipes. Before replacing a bin bag, sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda in the bottom of the bin to absorb smells and moisture.

Pay more for quality bin bags that are the same size as your bin and you should scarcely need to wash the bin. Spilt garbage or liquids due to poor-quality bin bags mean frequent clean-ups.

The fastest way to clean a plastic bin is to stand your cleaning solution inside it! Dilute some of the multi-purpose cleaner you use on your worktops and let the lid soak in this too. You can then use a rag mop to clean up the bin sides. Tip carefully into the sink and rinse. Dry thoroughly before putting in a fresh liner.

You can give the outside of the bins the same wash treatment. Afterwards, wash the mop head in a diluted bleach solution.

Bin experts Brabantia don’t recommend cleaning inside at all: If you use their bins with the right-sized liners, a wipe of the stainless steel exterior with an E-cloth (a microfibre cloth) is sufficient.