Vanish Odors and Gunk from Trash and Recycling Containers

August 14, 2020

Where you decide to store your trash container, it ultimately affects how often you need to clean it.

Let’s discuss trash and recycle etiquette and how to utilize, maintain, and clean these catch-all containers. The task of keeping your dumpster and recycle containers clean is simple and easy with Powerizer Complete. The most common-sense habit is to clean inside bins after each trip to the dumpster.  With Powerizer, we brag that it cleans everything dirty because you can Pour it, Wipe it, Sponge it, Scrub it or Mop It, and that also includes your trash and recycling bins.

With outside containers, they can be as often as needed. Suppose it smells or has food or debris, its time for a hose down.  Inside trash receptacles require cleaning more often than not.  The inspiration for this blog came after a staff member explained how disappointed she was to find dirty diapers in the bathroom trash at her Airbnb property. As part of the check-out process, guests must remove all the garbage from the house and then toss it in the dumpster or recycle bins. However, they failed to follow protocol, and the cleaners arrived a day later.  Unfortunately, a pungent odor of pee and feces lingered from the trash container. Dirty diapers absolutely should not be thrown inside your bathroom or kitchen trash, ever.

Everyone is anxious about preventing the spread of COVID-19, and surfaces must first be clean before it can be sanitized or disinfected. Maintaining clean surfaces in your home is now more crucial than ever. After dumping the trash and the dirty diaper, the container had to be cleaned and deodorized. Food scraps like raw chicken or dairy products breed evil bugs that can duplicate rather quickly and contaminate surfaces such as the trash container. We have a straightforward solution, Powerizer It!

Vanish Odors and Gunk from Trash and Recycling Containers


Use Powerizer to clean and deodorize hard surfaces like your trash can. Here are a few suggestions for mixing up a cleaning solution:


  1. Mix a Wash Solution using one scoop of Powerizer Complete to one (1) gallon of water. Mix the solution inside the container, the sink, or a bucket if you want to use it to clean the surfaces surrounding the trash can storage area.
  2. Make a Heavy-duty Cleaning Solution using one (1) scoop of Powerizer to 16 oz of water in a squeeze bottle.
  3. Pour Powerizer directly into the container and then mist with water to make a concentrated cleanser paste.


Vanish Odors and Gunk from Trash and Recycling Containers


Now that your Powerizer mixture is ready, use it to wipe and scrub the entire container. Be sure also to include the lid. We recommend using a damp Split Fiber Microfiber Cloth for cleaning all the surfaces.  The hand dish scrubber is also useful for removing sticky residues that may require a little elbow grease. The process usually takes less than 5 minutes. However, to deodorize the container, allow the Powerizer solution to sit on the surfaces for up to 10 minutes.


Sodium Percarbonate is a vital ingredient used in the Powerizer formula. Sodium Percarbonate is an adduct of two ingredients Soda Ash and 32.5% by weight of Hydrogen Peroxide. The CDC recommends Hydrogen Peroxide as a safer choice alternative to bleach.  It's active against a wide range of microorganisms, including bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses, and spores.

Vanish Odors and Gunk from Trash and Recycling Containers

Powerizer is not certified as a disinfectant yet.  The testing process is long and costly.  However, Powerizer doe not contain any fillers, dyes, or phosphates.  Instead, Powerizer Complete is a USDA Certified Biobased Product, approved in four (4) cleaning categories, (Laundry, Dish, Multipurpose Cleaning, and Carpet & Upholstery). It effectively cleans everything dirty, using no harsh chemicals.


10 Tips For Trash And Recycle Etiquette


The most annoying recycle offender is a guest who tosses a pizza box in the recycling container along with a full to-go ranch dressing container, a
 half-eaten slice of pizza, and a few pizza crusts. The pizza box is the only item to recycle. However, it happens often. Here are some suggestions to help prevent lousy trash and recycle management in and outside of your home.

    1. When possible, dump leftovers or expired food down the garbage disposal instead of inside the trash can, besides pasta. 
    2. Recycle to reduce the amount of waste in your trash cans.
    3. When placing recycled items in the bin, never put them inside trash bags. Unfortunately, recycle containers acquire spills often from beverages that are not emptied before being thrown in the recycle bin. This bad habit will result in the need for more often cleaning.
    4. Remove food and liquids from recyclable containers. For example, an expired salsa should be rinsed down the drain before the jar is tossed in the recycle bin.
    5. When bringing Chicken, Fish, Seafood, or Raw Meats into the home, remember to place them in the sink, not on the kitchen counters. Rinse the poultry off after removing them from the packaging, then proceed to store it properly in the fridge. Finally, place the store packaging or any flesh that was removed inside a disposable grocery bag, tie it up and take it directly to the outside dumpster.
    6. When possible, place recycle and trash containers out of public sight. If you live in a high foot traffic community, do not leave your recycle containers sitting near the curb after collection. It became widespread for dog walkers in our neighborhood to toss their dog poop inside the recycling bins instead of carrying it home or placing it in a dumpster. 
    7. Another event was when neighbors entertained and had no room in their trash containers, they felt it was ok to toss their excess trash in our trash containers. As a simple rule of thumb, it's usually not an issue. However, it's best not to assume. Ask permission first. If the problem becomes abusive where now you no longer have room to accommodate your trash, consider moving your bins, so they are not accessible until the day trash is collected. 
    8. On food prep days, pour all raw food scraps into a disposable grocery bag and tie it up. Carry these food scraps to the outside dumpster just as you would for disposing meat, poultry, seafood, or fish. Then proceed to Powerizer the surfaces.
    9. To save time, cleaning staff would place a roll of trash liners in the bottom of the container. That all changed after we found dirty diapers in the trash. The entire role of liners also smelled horrible. Instead, keep them close by like under the bathroom sink or in a nearby vanity drawer. Instead of the whole roll, only add one or two extra liners to the bottom of the can.
    10. When tossing trash down a trash chute which is common for apartment living, always tie up trash bags so the contents do not fall out into the bottom of the dumpster.

As we move to reduce our environmental footprint through recycling efforts please comment and share with us how you manage the trash and efforts program in your home. Powerizer makes it easy to switch to a minimalist cleaning lifestyle by eliminating redundant multiple cleaning products and excess containers.  When they aren't consumed, you're also helping to reduce the time and energy spent in the labor of manufacturing, sourcing materials, packaging, marketing, and product placement. 

Powerizer Subscribe and Save Program saves you time and money on all your future purchases includes free shipping. 

Check out these Powerizer blogs that support the thoughts and beliefs mentioned in this blog.

Minimalist Cleaning with Powerizer Complete

Keeping Essential Workers Safe from the CORONA Virus

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Blog