Kitchen Trash Cans

Keep your space clean with the right kitchen trash can

One of the least glamorous but most essential features of any kitchen is a trash can, and in the age of recycling, designs are becoming increasingly elaborate to help consumers keep their waste types separated. Of course, there's still a place for the basic plastic or wooden kitchen trash can that fits invisibly under your sink, but you can save time and increase convenience by choosing kitchen trash cans with more thoughtful and innovative designs.

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Kitchen Trash Can Materials: Benefits and Drawbacks

Kitchen garbage cans come in three basic types: wooden, metal and plastic. Wooden kitchen trash cans make nice additions to stylized or rustic kitchens, but they aren't the easiest to care for since wood is more sensitive to moisture than metal or plastic.

Metal kitchen trash cans are popular options, as they are available in a wide range of designs and colors and are easy to care for. However, they can easily be dented, so you have to be careful with them so as not to ruin their appearance. You also have to be careful about stains, so if you spill liquid waste in a metal trash can, be sure to clean it promptly so it doesn't set in or get sticky.

Plastic kitchen garbage cans are perfect if you keep them under the sink or in a closet, but they tend not to have a great deal of decorative value. However, they are an economical option and they're easy to rinse out and care for, though like metal kitchen trash cans, they can also get stained and dented.

Partitioned cans are excellent for sorting waste, as you can use one side for garbage that goes to your local landfill and the other side for storing recyclable paper, plastic and glass products until they're ready for pickup.

Kitchen Garbage Can Sanitation

To prevent the buildup of germs in your garbage can, it's a good idea to sterilize yours every time you take out the garbage. As you change the bags in your kitchen garbage can, rinse it out with warm water and liquid dish detergent or hand soap, then rinse it clean and dry it out or let it air-dry before putting in an empty bag.