Growing up my mom was always adamant about taking out the kitchen garbage every day. She would not go to bed until whoever was on trash duty took out the bag(s) to the dumpster.
I must admit that I hated it when it was my turn. The dumpster was a short walk from our house, but it was an annoying routine. Sometimes the bag wouldn't even be full, which often left me wondering why she couldn't just take the trash out every other day instead.
Unlike me, who enjoys take-out a couple of times a week and does not have a lot of food waste, my mom cooked every day and she used fresh ingredients at that. So, at the end of the day, there would be all sorts of food waste in the trash. As we all know, the longer this sits, the more it starts to stink.
We didn't have the fancy garbage cans or scented bags that are available nowadays that help suppress odor so your whole house doesn't smell. We also did not know about the ingenious cotton ball hack from Apartment Therapy.
If you've been struggling with smelly trash, and don't have the time or energy to take it out at the end of the day, this trick is all you really need to keep your garbage can and kitchen smelling fresh.