How to clean outdoor garbage cans naturally

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The outdoor garbage and compost cans at your home are one of those jobs that often gets forgotten. And if not done on a regular basis may attract flies and other intruders. The garbage and compost cans can get really dirty and stinky too. During the summer months, your outdoor garbage and compost cans can get especially dirty because the cans hold food and other items that can spoil in the heat. Spoiled food can also attract flies, which then lay eggs that can lead to maggot infestations as well. The good news is that cleaning your outdoor garbage cans is really easy to do with natural cleaners and house cleaning tips.

Some of the things that you will need for this DIY idea and house cleaning tip include some white distilled vinegar, liquid dish soap, a water hose, a bucket, scrub brush, extendable tub and tile scrubber, some rubber gloves and a tarp (optional). To start you want to turn your garbage can on its side and spray the can with a water hose. This will help to remove any loose dirt and also to wet your garbage or compost can for cleaning. Then you want to mix a natural cleaner solution in a large bucket. Add about four cups of distilled white vinegar and about 1/2 cup of liquid dish soap to the bucket, then fill with water. The distilled white vinegar will help to kill any germs and deodorize the garbage or compost can while the liquid soap will help loosen and remove dirt and debris.

White vinegar is a great disinfectant. White vinegar also acts as a natural cleaner, deodorizer and cuts grease. And you can tackle household bacteria like salmonella, and E. coli with white vinegar. Heinz has also unveiled a stronger version of its white distilled vinegar. So instead of five per cent acetic acid which is what white vinegar usually is, this white vinegar called cleaning vinegar boosts the strength by 20 per cent. The acid in the white distilled vinegar crosses the cell membrane of bacteria and then prompts a release of protons, which then causes the cell to die. Heinz cleaning white vinegar might smell stronger, but the odor dissipates quickly. Try finding stronger concentrations of white vinegar at eco-friendly stores that carry a variety of green cleaning products and natural cleaners and have refill stations. In Vancouver, The Soap Dispensary sells white vinegar that is 12 per cent. Use white vinegar for tough cleaning jobs at full strength, for cleaning things like getting dog drool off your car windows, or dilute the vinegar with water as needed.

White distilled vinegar can be used as a natural cleaner for all sorts of house cleaning tips. Use white vinegar in the rinse agent dispenser of your dishwasher to help get dishes spotless. Combat arm pit stains on white T-shirts by soaking clothing in some white vinegar and enough water to cover the stain. Then leave the shirt to soak overnight and then wash with some eco-friendly laundry soap. Clean rusty tools by soaking in a pail of distilled white vinegar and brush to clean. Deodorize the toilet by pouring in some white vinegar into the toilet bowl. Let the white vinegar sit for about 15 minutes and then flush. Remove hard-water deposits on the bathtub and glass shower doors. Heat some white vinegar in a pot. Then, spray the warm vinegar onto the affected surface, and let sit 15 minutes and wipe clean. You will find this house cleaning tip on the eHow site. On the site, you will find all sorts of DIY ideas, house cleaning tips, natural cleaners and more. **

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