If you think the rubbish bin inside your house smells bad, wait till you get a whiff of the wheelie bin outside! Thankfully, there’s an easy way to solve that. Find out how Eucalyptus Essential oil can be a fantastic little behind-the-scenes miracle worker keep that foul-smelling stench out of your wheelie bin.
Why clean your Wheelie Bin?
With wheelie bins, it’s the perfect storm. You’ve got rotting waste, liquid pooling in the bottom and weekly or fortnightly bin collections. Add to this the warmer weather sun blazing down your wheelie bins, comes the stench – and the unrecognizable ooze – from food decomposing in the heat. Garbage rots more quickly in the heat, and the resulting smells can kick-start an insect bonanza – maggots and flies to be precise – and a breeding ground for bacteria.
Why Eucalyptus Essential Oil?
Eucalyptus Essential Oil it’s an all-rounder – not only it is a natural disinfectant and anti-bacterial agent, it is also a knockout-odour solution for your wheelie bins. While your water, cleansers, and industrial fresheners may temporarily mask those odours, they do not eliminate the underlying root of the stench whereas Eucalyptus Essential Oil works wonders to eliminate odours and leaves a long-lasting refreshing evergreen scent.
How often should you clean?
There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to using Eucalyptus Essential Oil for deep garbage-bin cleaning, but your nose will tell you! Ideally, at least once a month – but make sure you hose down your bin with high-pressure hose or power-washer in between.
Wheelie bin cleaning – Here’s how:
- Pour 25ml Eucalyptus Essential Oil and 1/4 cup eco-friendly washing detergent into your bin.
- Fill the container quarter with water. Garden hose water is usually fine, but if it’s your first clean or there’s a hardened gunk at the bottom, use four kettles filled of boiling water alternatively.
- Allow it to sit for 30 minutes with the lid closed.
- While it sits, spray the exterior surface and the lid bin with antibacterial spray cleaner.
- Scrub the bin’s inside and outside surfaces using a hard-bristle brush or long-handled brush, depending on what you have on your home, to scrape off as much as gunk and debris. Drain and rinse well. A pressure hose would really come in handy for this purpose.
- To dry the bin properly, turn it upside down and rest it over until completely dry.
Tips to keep your wheelie bin cleaner, for longer
- With our summers of high temperatures, this leaves rubbish rotting in bins faster — so keep your bin clear of direct sunlight.
- Keep the lid closed. This will keep the waste dry, and flies, insects, and animals at bay, and ensures the odour only lingers inside.
- Filling your wheelie bin with loose food scraps or leftovers is not a smart option. If at all possible, wrap your waste.
- Place a piece any sort of paper at the bottom to sponge up garbage juices.
The first article appeared here.