Kitchen Bin Hygiene
Kitchen Bin Hygiene – For the average-sized family, choose a bin that is at least 40 liters in volume. For one- and two-person households, a 20-30 liter bin is adequate. A pedal bin is a hygienic option because you will not be touching the lid with your hands. Unless your kitchen is so small there is no alternative, avoid those bins that are attached to the inside of a cupboard door. They are usually too small for normal family use and are ﬁddly to clean.
All kitchen bins should be lined. Ensure that liners are big enough to ﬁt it with a generous overlap. Use biodegradable bin liners as often as you can. They used to be a bit flimsy and fell apart, but modern makes are perfectly adequate for normal use.
Whatever its size, a bin should be emptied regularly — once a day. lt astonishing how quickly a bin becomes smelly, especially in hot weather. Make it the last thing you do at night, or the first thing you do in the morning. Wash bins once a week, using hot water and detergent. Remember to clean inside the lid as well. Rinse with plain water, to which you may like to add a splash of disinfectant. A greener alternative is to use a solution of household borax (2 tbsp to 1 liter water). Borax is rather old-fashioned, but an extremely good disinfectant and deodorizer.
Make sure the bin is thoroughly dry before using it again. Mould and bacteria can thrive in wet conditions. Although the above should keep the bin from smelling, you can sometimes put a fridge deodorizer in the bottom of the bin as well.