I’m just tired of it. I live in an old (but beautiful) brick house, and we don’t have central air.  That means when it’s hot in our house, the garbage is hot too.  Every time I walk pass the garbage can it grosses me out.  One thing I noticed at the beginning of the summer was that my dad, who lives next door, has no smell from his garbage — EVER! So, I inquired about his process and he schooled me and the youngsters on how we can make our garbage odorless too, and save money on garbage bags.  Here’s what the boys did.

Rule No. 1: No Food of Any Kind in the Garbage Can!

No rice, no noodles, no fruit, no nothing!  All soft food can be flushed down the toilet .  As dad says, if it can handle your poo,  it can handle what’s left over on your plate.  And, if you have leftovers like chicken bones and apple cores, see Rule No. 2.

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Rule No. 2: Put it in the Freezer.

Of course, you have things like lettuce and half-eaten fruit that may not be safe for your home’s pipelines.  So, set aside a 5 gallon freezer bag for produce and store foods that can’t be flushed in the freezer until garbage day.  What I love about this method is it seriously forces you to waste less.  I’m more apt to make my boys finish the entire apple using this method versus just storing it in the freezer.  Also, if you have a compost bin, old apple cores and egg shells are great for your garden.

Rule No. 3: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Teach your kids the 3R’s early.  Have them sort the recyclable garbage.  Bribe them with Popsicles and have them play a game of sorting the papers, plastics and cans.  Use your leftover blue grocery bags so that they don’t make them too heavy.  If you don’t have produce, paper, plastic or cans in your garbage bags and you are using blue grocery bags for recycling, the number of expensive garbage bags you go through in a week should decrease.  We are down to one and a half garbage bags each week.

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This method seriously works.  If you’re tired of maggots in your outdoor trash cans in the summer, hate the smell of hot garbage or are just creeped out with the idea of having trash inside the place where you live, this is the method for you.  Let me know, how you like it!


Cynthia Mendoza

Hello. Welcome to BrownMamas.com a blog for Black moms looking to thrive while raising kids in this hectic world and the headquarters for Pittsburgh Brown Mamas, a Pittsburgh support group for Black moms. Here I write about raising my three boys, living in and loving Pittsburgh, dating my husband, gardening and all kinds of other stuff. Thanks for visiting. Stay long & come often!

2 thoughts on “3 Steps to Odorless Garbage with the Mendoza Boys”

Muffy Mendoza . June 10, 2016 at 8:08 am

Thanks for commenting. In the summer time the garbage smell outside tends to make it’s way to our back porch. That’s why we are extreme recyclers, use the fridge for uneaten fruits, veggies and bones and have just started composting.

Em Mahr . June 10, 2016 at 7:52 am

We try to put all food waste into a plastic grocery bag and take it outside as soon as possible to help keep the garbage smalls at bay in the house.

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