The  trash can   that usually sits under  the sink  tends to smell, even though we try  to clean it  and change the bag often.

This happens because it  absorbs leftover food, which after a while gives off unpleasant odors that  remain impregnated.

However, if cleaning  is not enough to remove the smell,  you don’t have to worry because there are ingredients  that can neutralize it  . Let’s see together  how to remove bad smells from the trash can with these natural remedies!

What will you discover?

Before it begins

Even before looking at the remedies that can mask bad smells, it is advisable to  proceed with a thorough cleaning of the trash can to  remove  stuck food particles and some of  the unpleasant smell . In this way, odors are not only masked, but also safely eliminated.

We therefore recommend that you   pour  four full glasses of vinegar  into a   basin of water and then add a few drops of tea tree oil,  known for its strong antifungal and bactericidal effects . Now dip  a sponge  in the resulting mixture and put it in the trash can several times.

Finally, rinse thoroughly and  dry in the sun  to prevent moisture from forming.


Once  the trash can is cleaned  , we’ll look at the ingredients together to  remove bad smells.  The first remedy we recommend is  baking soda,  which  is known for its odor-inhibiting effect.

So all you have to do is  sprinkle a thick layer on the bottom of the container with a few spoons, then insert the new bag and  you’re done.  Of course, we recommend that you  repeat this process at least   once a week so that this remedy is always effective and also prevents the proliferation of bacteria.


Just as effective as bicarbonate is  salt,  which  has absorbent properties and can therefore  eliminate excess humidity in the home and the associated bad smells  .

Therefore, as with the remedy described above, sprinkle the  bottom of the can  with a handful of salt and then insert the new bag. Again, we recommend that you  replace the ingredient  to ensure that the remedy continues to be effective.


While salt and bicarbonate are able to neutralize bad odors,  coffee powder   also helps to bring a touch of perfume to the trash can thanks to its distinctive aroma . Then place the coffee grounds in a small bowl and let them dry completely.  Then pour it into the bottom  of the container and insert the bag.

If you  have coffee beans available, you can also use them by putting them in some canvas bags or pouring them into a bowl that you then place at the bottom of the trash can.  And what a scent!


After the salt, the bicarbonate and the coffee grounds,  the lemon,  the citrus fruit with a thousand properties, could not be missing. And as if that wasn’t enough, it has an intoxicating smell  that can smell good throughout the bathroom too!

So all you have to do is take the  peels of 2   already used lemons and spread them on the bottom of the container:  bad smells will only remain a bad memory!  In this case, we recommend replacing the peels   several times a week  .


Ah,  cinnamon:  this spice is  known precisely for its perfume, which can eliminate the smell of food and frying in the kitchen!  Therefore, place a   cinnamon stick   (or several) at the bottom of the trash can before inserting the bag and  bad smells will only remain a bad memory!

As if that weren’t enough, this ingredient also acts as a  natural repellent  , as it is poorly tolerated by insects and  makes them shy away every time  they try to approach your trash can!

Essential Oil

When we talk about remedies that  can produce a good perfume naturally  , we cannot but   mention  essential oils , which serve precisely to smell the house without having to resort to chemicals.

Then put a few drops of essential oil with the scent you love most on   some cotton pads  and then place them at the bottom of the container until the entire surface is covered. Finally put the bag on and  you’re done!


Finally, let’s look at a bonus trick that can prevent bad smells from forming in the trash can: the  double bag trick  .

To try it, all you have to do is place two bags in the bin to create a double layer that prevents the   leakage of waste liquids  that are responsible for bad smells.  Just right?


We recommend changing the ingredients once a week or when you feel they are no longer effective or the scent has disappeared.