Eliminate odors and pesky insects from your garbage can!


Eliminate Smells


We have all experienced the chore of rolling the garbage can out for collection, but have you noticed that some weeks may be smellier than others? During hot months outdoor garbage cans can get nasty due to food and other items spoiling in the heat. It can also become a breeding ground for flies and other insects, inviting unwelcome guests to any outdoor activities! The simplest and most cost-effective solution to eliminating the stench of odors and the nuisance of flies in garbage cans is to clean your can biweekly or monthly. 

Many times, the cleaning supplies are already under the kitchen sink, ready to use. You will need to use white distilled vinegar, dish liquid, and water. Follow this solution below for a cleaner and insect-free can!


  • 4 cups of white distilled vinegar 
  • ½ cup of dish liquid 
  • Water hose 
  • Bucket 
  • Scrub brush
  • Extendable tub and tile scrubber 
  • Rubber gloves - Optional
  • Tarp - Optional


Once the dirt and grime are gone, follow these helpful tips to keep the can cleaner longer. 


How to Keep Outdoor Garbage Cans Clean

Avoid Overstuffed Garbage Bags:

When you overstuff garbage bags inside of your home, it just makes them harder to tie up and take out without ripping the bag. 


Make Sure Garbage Bags are Sealed Tightly:

When you take a garbage bag to the outdoor garbage can, it should be sealed tightly so that the contents of the trash don't attract flies, which lay eggs. It will also help keep leaks from happening and mucking up your outdoor cans.


Avoid Throwing Small Loose Items in Outdoor Can:

Avoid throwing loose items such as cans, fast food bags or wrappers, and more into your garbage can.


Recycle. Recycle. Recycle:

Reduce the bulk from your garbage can by recycling your cardboard at the curb. 


Rinse Your Outdoor Garbage Can After Pick-up:

Once the garbage is collected, give your can a quick rinse with your garden hose and leave the lid open so it can dry for about an hour. This will wash away any liquid from leaks that may have occurred in your garbage cans. 


Storing your garbage can:

Don’t store your garbage can inside your garage. Keeping your garbage cans in an enclosed space will only concentrate the smelly aroma of the garbage inside the can! When choosing an outdoor location for your garbage cans, look for a shady spot. Keeping them out of direct sunlight will help control odor levels.


Get rid of flies around your home: 

There are several ways to eliminate the pesky flies that swarm your garbage can and enter your home.

• Pest Control companies offer a fly control service to treat the inside of your home.

• Visit your local hardware store to shop the variety of fly traps available for indoor and outdoor use. After testing several solutions, one of the best traps is Rescue! Outdoor Disposable Hanging Fly Trap. Hang the trap either close to your garbage can or in a remote location to watch the trap go to work collecting 100s of flies in a short time. The best thing is, you only have to add water and hang it up! Completely easy to use with no messy disposal.  

• Place a Terro Garbage Guard Insect Killer and Repellent pod on the inside of your can's lid. The specially designed pod ensures a controlled release, allowing the product to last up to 4 months.


DIY Solutions: 

Vinegar and dish soap fly trap

  1. Use a shallow dish bowl and fill it with an inch of apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of sugar. 
  2. Next, add some fruit-scented dish soap.
  3. You can leave the dish uncovered or tightly covered with plastic wrap. Make sure to poke a few holes in it to attract the flies.

How to repel flies naturally

There are environmentally-friendly solutions to keeping flies away.

  • Fill a glass jar with apple cider vinegar and place a paper funnel in the jar. The scent will attract flies, and the paper funnel will prevent them from flying out.
  • Put several drops of Eucalyptus oil on ribbon or cloth strips and hang them near doors or windows.