How Can I Make My Trash Can Smell Less?

How can i make my trash can smell less?


It’s almost Summer in Florida, which means two things – Florida heat and Florida humidity are soon on their way to Santa Rosa County and Okaloosa County. But there are several things you can do in order to reduce the intense trash smells that arrive along with extreme temperatures in Milton, Pace and Crestview. Here is Adams Sanitation’s guide to making your trash smell less during the summer. 

Seven Tricks to Keeping the Trash Can Smell Down

1. Bag Your Garbage

Sure, it’s a little more expensive – but bagging trash can keep odors inside the bag, so that you don’t have to smell it inside the house, or when you are carting it to the street. 

Bonus: because you bag your trash, there is a much lower chance the local trash hauler you choose will end up leaving it strewn around your street. 

2. Wash Down Your Trash Cart Once a Month

If you haven’t washed down your trash cart in a while, this can be a daunting task – mostly because of all of the sticky, stinky and nasty things that end up in the trash cart.

If it’s overwhelming for you (or for your nose) you can use a trash cart cleaning service, like Wheelie Clean Bins,to do the initial cleaning for you. If you are in the Northwest Florida area – the Santa Rosa County and Okaloosa County areas to be specific – you can call them up and they will come and clean it once, or on a regular basis. 

3. Separate Your Compostables

Plastic and Metal, for the most part, don’t smell.

That’s because they don’t decompose. Your old, nasty food that you didn’t eat – definitely does decompose.

If you have a backyard, you can compost your biodegradable waste – and make really great feterilizer for your plants.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a great guide to composting that can help to get you started!


4. Newspapers

Once you’re done reading the local paper, you can use it to reduce the smells associated with your trash can.

Seriously. it’s a game changer in the very scientific field of stank-reduction.

Place the newspaper at the bottom of your cart, once it is cleaned, and it will absorb all of the nasty smells and trash juices (technically called leachate, if you were curious) in your can.

It will keep your can cleaner and less smelly for longer. 

5. Baking Soda

Baking Soda keeps your fridge smelling nice and it can do the same for your trash can as well!

Put a healthy helping of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda (or whatever you prefer) into a rag or piece of an old t-shirt.

Fold up the corners and tie them together. It should look like one of those hobo bags on the end of the stick from an old cartoon.

Drop that puppy inside the trash can and you should have a fresh-smelling trash cart in no time!

6. Go from Blech to Bleach!

Make a solution that is equal parts bleach and water and use it to clean the inside of your trash cart.

You’ll have to use a little elbow grease to make the magic happen, but you won’t have to smell the garbage all summer long in Florida!

This will get you on the fast track to a better smelling cart. Don’t forget to clean off the inside of the lid (we always do and have to come back later!)

7. Get Twice-Weekly Service From Adams Sanitation!

Now, we are biased, but we think that twice-weekly service is great for a lot of reasons.

But taking your trash away twice weekly reduces the number of flies that can grow in your trash can (gross!), keeps the smell down and reduces the chances you’ll have other critters like bears or opossums in your trash.

You can sign up here for twice-weekly service in Unincorporated Santa Rosa County and northern Okaloosa County.

So, just to review – here are the seven things you need to do in order to reduce those nasty smells in our northwest Florida summers!

  1. Bag your trash
  2. Wash your trash can once every month
  3. Separate your compostables
  4. Use newspapers at the bottom of your trash can to absorb all those nasty trash juices
  5. Use baking soda
  6. Clean with bleach
  7. Get twice-weekly service from Adams Sanitation!
Christopher Saul - Chief Impact Officer at Adams Sanitation

Christopher Saul manages the Adams Sanitation Blog and writes the lion’s share of the content for Friendliest Little Garbage Company Around’s website and social media. When he isn’t slinging hot garbage for Adams Sanitation, he spends time with his wife and two kids. 

Christopher can’t resist a good dad joke. Just know that most, if not all, of the puns on Adams Sanitation website are his and will stay up until they are reported to the boss for being so bad they are good. 

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Big News! Our Hearing To Service South Santa Rosa County Trash Takes Place September 22nd

Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners – 2022 On September 8th, Commissioner Dave Piech and the rest of the Santa Rosa County Commission have a big decision to make.  The commission could restore your right to pick your trash company – regardless of whether or not you live in north or south Santa Rosa County.  We’ve got a stake in this. We admit that! Our business stands to benefit from the restoration of the free market.  But this doesn’t mean ending the improper agreement would be the wrong thing to do.  Thankfully, Commissioner Piech says he wants to listen to you. That, ultimately, the people should decide. He said as much in a town hall debate earlier this year.  Arguments Against Giving Adams A Permit There are a couple of good arguments against ending this improper franchise in south Santa Rosa County.  The point has been made that there will be more  trash trucks on the roads. Some have argued (we don’t know how many some is, but we’ll entertain it) will lead to overcrowding on the roads and a lower quality of life for south end citizens.  Not only that – the county attorney said voting to give us a permit would get Santa Rosa County sued!  Those are decent arguments, here are ours.  An Adams Sanitation Truck that’s ready to roll into South Santa Rosa County (Again). Arguments For Giving Adams Sanitation A Permit You can ask our legal guy – Nathan – if you put six lawyers in a room, you’ll get six different opinions.  More than that, The County Attorney has a fiduciary responsibility to protect the actions of the board – both past and present. He’s the attorney for the commissioners, not the  citizens. It means he is responsible for keeping the commissioners and the past and present decisions as risk-free as possible.  The attorney is simply doing his job by telling the commissioners that the County might get sued. In reality, the buck stops with the commissioners – not the attorney – they are responsible to you and are empowered by their position to vote their conscience.  Additionally, the county attorney has warned voting to end the exclusive contract with Waste Pro means… Waste Pro will sue the county! But, if they vote us down, we’ve proven – at least five times – that we’ll go to court to protect peoples’ rights in Santa Rosa County.  So, really, it’s only a matter of who will be suing Santa Rosa County after September 22nd  – and if the commission wants to do the right thing for the people of Santa Rosa County.  The reality is that no matter what decision gets made, there will likely be more litigation… they don’t call it the trash wars for nothing. If the County is going to get sued, shouldn’t it get sued for doing the right thing  on September 22nd?  Finally, after we introduced competition into the market – everyone can agree – the quality of service whether from us or from Waste Pro – improved. Competition, whether through a legitimate bidding process – (a step skipped by the County when awarding Waste Pro a new bid franchise), or through the open market, is better and fairer for everyone.  Government shouldn’t rip peoples’ rights from them. And if the County is going to close the free market, it has the obligation to replace it with a fair and open competitive bidding process.  September 22nd gives the commission a chance to make things right. Ask Commissioner Piech – and all of the commissioners – to do the right thing by sending a note that explains this argument at the link below.  We’ll write out the bullet points, but we need your help to ensure justice is served.  Click below to email YOUR commissioners – we’ll take care of the rest.  September 22nd gives the commission a chance to make things right. Ask Commissioner Piech – and all of the commissioners – to do the right thing by sending a note that explains this argument at the link below.  Junior Jumper Beau Boyles picks up the trash at a dump site near Crestview Sign the Petition

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