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Jun 18, 2014 05:17 AM

Bin choice - plastic or metal

I have a cheap plastic bin that's lasted for about a year and a half, and it stinks! Even after I scrubbed and washed it with baking soda. At this point, is there any way I can get the smell out? Sunning it did nothing to help either.

So if the plastic is hopeless, I am considering a change to a metal bin. Would this solve my smelly bin problem? No point running out to buy one if it's still going to make my kitchen smell foul...

Thanks for any tips :)

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  1. Are talking for garbage/trash?
    Because if you are, plastic should be smooth and non-absorbent, much like a toilet seat. That's why they are now made from plastic.
    If you scrub the plastic with an abrasive, you will create micro pores that will retain bacteria, and as the little bugers decompose you will get a smell.
    With plastic you should use a mild soapy solution with a small amount of bleach, or a commercial non abrasive cleaner with bleach in it. Apply let it sit, wipe with a soft cloth and then rinse with plenty of water.

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    1. re: PHREDDY

      Yes for garbage like food bits and scraps. Thanks for the information about scrubbing - I must have ruined my bin! But come to think of it, it was because it was stinky prior to any scrubbing that I went to scrub it.

    2. Have you considered a disposable liner?

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      1. re: ferret

        You mean lining the bin with a black garbage bag? Yes I do that!

      2. Is it a garbage bin or food storage? Soft, rubbery plastic picks up odors more than the clear hard polycarbonate plastic like used in this Cambro:

        If it's for garbage use a can liner to minimize odor. Stainless steel containers would hold the least amount of odor.

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        1. re: zackly

          zackly and ferret give good advice about liners. A stainless can will rust if a liner isn't used. Our patio can is a Simple Human can that sits well under cover in our lanai. Three years in, has rust on the outside.

          1. re: zackly

            Thanks for the reply. I meant garbage bin.

          2. Hi, chowhormones:

            My best trick for drawing smells from plastic is unscented cat litter. Dump a bag in and seal it all in a trash bag for 2-3 days.

            This is the *only* method that I've found works for taking freezer smells out of silicone ice cube trays and molds.


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            1. re: kaleokahu

              Noted with thanks! Had to google what cat litter is /shame/