Image by Smabs Spudster - http://www.flickr.com/photos/10413717@N08/There are three simple ways to keep your wheelie bins safe for everyone; keep your waste bagged up, wash out any containers thoroughly, and consider buying a wheelie bin liner! These simple steps will help you keep a clean bin easily and safely.

With the sheer amount of waste that goes in and out of your wheelie bins on a weekly basis, it can sometimes be difficult to keep you bins clean and sanitary. Here are a few tips and tricks to make sure that your bins stay as clean and fresh as possible!

Bag All Loose Waste

Your dirtiest bin is most likely your black bin, where all unrecyclable waste goes, including food waste and other containers. The most obvious solution to start being clean in this bin is to use bags on your waste before dumping it into the bin! If it is not bagged, left over waste can remain on the side of wheelie bins, giving them that distinct, disgusting combination of rotting and mildew odour. Along with a bad smell, this leftover waste can bring with it many different types of germs and bacteria that can be harmful to individuals put into contact with it.

To avoid this build-up of gunk, make sure all waste is securely bagged before putting it in your black bin, and tie your bags tightly and securely so that waste doesn’t fall out the top! In addition, it is important not to overfill any rubbish bags, in order to avoid a bag bursting in the wheelie bin.

Empty Out All Containers Thoroughly

Many or the materials you will be recycling will be containers that once held a food product; this could be anything from cream to milk to a frozen food item. When not cleaned out properly, these containers can leave a nasty smell in your bin and even spread germs if there are any small pieces of leftover food products inside! This is especially true for easily perishable liquids, such as milk; a thrown away carton will quickly obtain a distinct, rotten odour that is difficult to overcome. Avoid these inconveniences by washing out any containers you plan to recycle thoroughly in your sink or over your wastebasket. Just like with your black bin, your blue wheelie bin can also get leftover residue on the sides when containers are not adequately washed when disposed of.

Buy a Wheelie Bin Liner

As previously mentioned, the most common way for a bin to become unsanitary is for the build-up of waste residue on the sides of the bin, which can contain harmful bacteria, as well as leave behind a very unpleasant smell. While this phenomenon can be combated with the bagging of trash and thorough cleaning of recyclable materials, it can also be avoided with the purchase of a wheelie bin liner! These products are essentially large rubbish bags specifically designed to fit the proportions of all of your wheelie bins. This makes throwing away your waste and recycling the products you use a whole lot safer and easier, albeit at a very small cost. If one of your liners begins to get that smell, or you fear contamination in your bin, simply replace your bin liner with another new one and your problem will be solved. While this option does cost some money, it is a small price to pay for the ease of use and accessibility that comes with the product.

Since wheelie bins come into contact with so many different people and are used so frequently, it is imperative to keep them sanitary in order to avoid infections and increase the aesthetic presence of your bins around your home. There are three simple ways to keep your wheelie bins safe for everyone; keep your waste bagged up, wash out any containers thoroughly, and consider buying a wheelie bin liner! These simple steps will help you keep a clean bin easily and safely.

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