I recently realized I was losing the long-standing battle against the smelly kitchen trash can. I think it happened gradually, one leaking or over-stuffed bag at a time. (Who is dumping liquid in there, anyway?)
I finally came to the conclusion that, no matter how unfrugal it might be, I was NOT going to tackle that awful layer of gunk in the bottom of the trash can. Not ever.
So I shelled out around eight bucks for a new trash can, and called it a good great deal. Given my frugal nature, however, I was determined to find a way to keep this one clean for good.
Enter the perfect frugal solution: old newspaper. I placed an old folded newspaper at the bottom of the can to absorb any leaks or spills before they hit the bottom and form that dreadful, smelly mess. When the newspaper gets wet or soiled, it’s a cinch to pull out the old paper and replace it with a fresh one. And as an added bonus, newspaper also absorbs those nasty odors that are so common in kitchen waste cans.
It’s simple, it’s thrifty . . . and it definitely works for me!
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