How Clean Is Your Kitchen Bin?

Despite the maximum need for hygiene, a kitchen can quickly become the dirtiest room in the house. Everyone wants their kitchen to smell fresh with no nasty whiffs, but one of the biggest causes of unpleasant aromas is your kitchen bin. Used several times a day, bins quickly become a breeding ground for germs and bad smells.

Pick the right spot. When choosing where to place your bin, consider the layout of your kitchen. Positioning a food waste bin near your preparation area and/or sink will be the most practical option.

Are multiple bins possible? If you have room, multiple bins can help to divide food waste from recyclable items. Labels or colour-coordinated bins will help make their use super-easy.

Empty regularly. The easiest way to stop food waste from rotting in your kitchen bin is to empty it regularly. You may find it better to use a smaller bin that you empty daily, rather than a large one.

Line the bin. You probably already use a bin liner bag, but also lining the bottom of your bin with cardboard or newspapers will absorb any liquids that seep out. Replace each time you empty the bin.

Remember to wash. Give your bin a thorough wash at least once a week with hot water and detergent.

Keep it cool. Make sure your bin is away from sunlight or heat from your cooker.

Clean rubbish out. Rinse out cans and cartons before putting them in the bin to minimise waste and smells. If you have something particularly pongy, such as fish skin, crab shells or pet food, put these straight into your main waste disposal unit.