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How to Clean Your Wheelie Bin

Your wheelie bin can get quite smelly quite quickly when in regular use and it is usually very unpleasant. But have you ever actually seen anyone cleaning their wheelie bin? It’s a household chore that should be a lot more common than it is. Your wheelie bin can become a breeding ground for germs and attracts the likes of ants, flies and maggots.

Cleaning your wheelie bin isn’t a difficult task if you do it regularly, and when you no longer have to hold your nose whenever you put the bins out, you’ll wonder why you didn’t clean it sooner.

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Choosing A Space

When cleaning your wheelie bin, you’ll need to take into consideration; where you can dispose of dirty water, where will allow you enough space for water splashing around, and where will offer you enough space to thoroughly clean your bin. You’ll also need access to hot water, this can with be a hose or a pressure washer.

Cleaning Products

The cleaning products that are suitable for you to use will all depend on the space that you are cleaning your bin. For example, if you’re going to use a bleach-based product, are you able to dispose of the water safely and without causing any harm to the local environment? In most cases, hot water and washing up liquid should do a good enough job without causing any damage or disposal difficulties but if you’re looking to add a disinfectant to remove the bacteria efficiently, then we would suggest using Jeyes.

Cleaning the Inside

After filling your bin with hot soapy water, we would recommend using a mop or brush to (carefully) scrub all of the debris and bin juice that is lurking at the bottom of the bin. The inside corners are often the areas where the leakages collect so be sure to clean this area thoroughly. You may need to repeat this step until all the debris is removed, alternatively, you can leave it to soak for a few minutes before scrubbing the sides.



To clean the lid, wheels and exterior of the bin, a large sponge should work just fine.

Once complete, dispose of the dirty water and (if you have suitable space) hose or pressure wash the inside of the bin. This will help to get rid of any remaining debris and soap suds.

Dry Thoroughly

Moist, dark environments are the perfect place for germs and bacteria to thrive, and after going to the effort of cleaning your bin, the last thing you want is to attract more germs. Ensure that you let your bin dry thorough before being used. This can be done by turning your bin upside down, resting one edge on a step or something similar. This allows the bin to remain open with any excess water draining out. Alternatively, on a hot sunny day, you can just leave it outside, with the lid open, to air dry.

Commercial Wheelie Bin Hire

If you’re a commercial business, cleaning every wheelie bin may not be an effective solution. So,  you may prefer to use our wheelie bin services, where you’ll be guaranteed a clean bin replacement on collection. For more information, speak to a member of our team, please get in touch on 01280 878420 or through our online contact form.

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