How Often Should You Replace Your Trash Can?

Do you remember when you last replaced your trash can? Or have you ever replaced it? If you can’t remember when you bought it, or it’s been a while, it may be time to consider replacing your trash can. However, even if you’ve had your trash can a while, there are some exceptions for why you may not have to replace it just yet. Mr. Clean Can has some pointers that will help you determine whether it’s time to kick your can to the curb, or keep it a while longer!

Does Your Trash Can Smell?

If you’ve tried washing your can out, and notice it still has a foul odor, it’s time to replace your trash can. Typically, the types of trash cans that hold odors are made of plastic, which are also the trash cans you’ll find you’ll have to replace most often. Not only do plastic materials retain odors, but they are usually flimsy, and more likely to break than other trash cans made of different materials.

Invest in a New Model

Maybe your trash can works just fine, but you’re ready for something new. There are many different models of trash cans that can make your life much easier. For example, there are motion sensor trash cans where the lid will lift without you even having to touch it! Not only is this helpful for throwing out things, but will also help keep the outside of your trash can clean! There are also trash cans with pedals on the bottom, if motion sensors aren’t your thing. You may also want to consider replacing your trash can with a bigger model. This way you aren’t going through as many trash bags, and having to take your trash out constantly!

Extend Your Trash Can’s Lifespan

The best way to extend your trash can’s lifespan is to keep it clean! We highly recommend cleaning your trash can once a week to keep it like new. Not only will you not have to replace your trash can frequently, but by cleaning it regularly, you will also prevent a build up of harmful bacteria. We suggest an environmentally friendly cleaning solution, or even just using a combination of vinegar and baking soda. If you use our monthly can cleaning service, you can also purchase our very own Clean Cans Trash Can Tonic to keep your trash cans smelling fresh and clean!

While there isn’t necessarily a specific amount of time you can go before changing out your trash can, a good rule of thumb is just paying attention to how it looks and smells. If it’s beat up, smelly, or even outdated, it may be time for a new can!