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The 8 stinkiest garbages and what do to with each

We've all been there. You walk into a room and the nastiest smell imaginable comes through your nose. First, you have to find out where it's coming from, but after that you have to find out what to do to fix it. In this article we're going to discuss 8 of the stinkiest types of garbage that we come across quite often, and how you can help avoid these smells, or how to contain them. Whenever you notice the stench of these types garbage be sure to act right away to ensure the smell doesn't spread or get any worse. Here at Panda Environmental, we work with all types of garbage. From smelly trash to hazardous waste, we're seen it all. Click here now to learn more about our company.


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1. Moldy Food

Moldy food can be one of the nastiest smells that you can find. Foods such as moldy cheese or bread have a strong scent and potentially dangerous to have around the home, so if you find this you're going to want to get rid of it as soon as possible. The spores on moldy food can also transfer to other foods around the house so the moment that you notice the mold it should be taken care of. The smell of moldy food should be able to be contained by wrapping it inside of a plastic bag or other container before placing it inside of your trash bin. If the mold has left residue on your countertops, fridge or pantry you can get rid of the mold by using baking soda and water together to clean the area.


2. Fish

From salmon to rainbow trout to cod, all kinds of fish can leave an unpleasant smell in your house and on your clothes. This can also be said for canned tuna or sardines that have been disposed of in the trash. There are a few different methods you can use to limit the smell of fish in your trash. The first option would be to bag it separately so that it isn't exposed every time the trash can is opened. If you're cooking the fish with some type of citrus such as lemon, we would also suggest that you keep the lemon rinds to place on top of the fish when placing in the trash.


3. Baby Waste (Use a diaper pail and use products like baking soda, Smelleze or Diaper Buddies to ease the stench)

Parents know this horrible smell all too well. While having a baby in your life can be one of life's greatest joys, it also means you have to deal with changing and disposing of that awfully smelly diaper. Luckily there are many products on the market such as diaper bins where you can dispose of your diapers. These bins help to contain any stench, but you can also use home products such as baking soda to help contain it even more. Also, make sure to empty it every day. If you're looking to clean the smell out of the room use a baby-friendly cleaning spray regularly. 


4. Garlic/Onion

Chopped up garlic and onion can leave such a strong smell in your kitchen that it'll leave people in tears. It's also really difficult to get off your countertop and hands. If you're throwing away leftover cloves or skin from garlic or onions, we would suggest containing it inside of a small baggie before throwing it in your trash. To get the smell of onion or garlic off of your hands here's a neat trick you can try:




5. Rotten Meat

If left for a long time without being properly refrigerated or preserved, meat that is beginning to rot can produce one of the most foul smells imaginable. Often times meat will rot as a result of a refrigerator breaking without your knowledge, or a piece of meat being left out in improper conditions for too long. If you find rotten meat in your home, we would suggest that you wrap it up generously with a number of plastic bags and try to get it out of the house by placing it in a bin outside of your home. If it's already left a resonating odor in your home or in your refrigerator, you can try home remedies such as using bleach, baking soda, dishwasher detergent, or coffee grounds to get rid of the smell. You can check out's article for more.


6. Old Eggs

Egg smells can be pretty offensive, especially if they're the result of rotten or spoiled eggs. If you have cooked eggs that you plan on using later always be sure to refrigerate them to stop them from going bad and creating that nasty egg smell. When throwing them out always keep them contained, and even a sprinkle of lemon juice may help to keep the smell isolated. If these eggs have spilled over onto your countertop or in your refrigerator you can use a vinegar spray solution or baking soda to help get rid of the lingering scent.


7. Spoiled Milk

Now to one of my least favorite smells, spoiled milk. Once milk has  passed its expiration date or has been improperly stored, it will begin to curdle which creates a very unfortunate scent. In order to make sure that this scent doesn't linger in your garbage always thoroughly rinse out any containers that contained the milk, especially if you plan on recycling the containers. If you spill any of the milk or it's become dried on, you'll want to scrape it off using a plastic knife or fork. Then use warm water and detergent to clean up and scrub the area thoroughly. 


8. Burnt Popcorn

Not only have you ruined your snack but now you're left with the smell of burnt popcorn in your garbage, in your kitchen and in your microwave. So what do you do? First, you'll want to properly contain the burnt popcorn by placing it inside a sealed container or  several bags. Next, focus on the microwave. One of the best ways to remove the smell of burnt popcorn from a microwave is to fill a bowl with 1/2 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Then microwave the bowl for approximately 5 minutes and leave it in there for 10. This should allow he vinegar to absorb the burnt popcorn smell. In the room, open up several windows and light some fragrant candles. Vanilla seems to work best. All these things combined should result in a scent-free area.


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