The garbage can is probably the most underrated helper in the home. Although we place some pretty nasty things in trash cans, they do a great job of storing life's leftovers right in the middle of where we live, eat and breathe. Here's a tip to help maintain the trash can's stealthy persona. 

Once a month, take all indoor trash cans outside for a thorough cleaning. Mix up 3/4 of a cup of bleach into one gallon of water and wash the interior of the garbage cans, as well as the handles and lids. To make sure the bleach-and-water solution has time to kill bacteria and odors that could be harmful to your family's health, let it sit for at least five minutes, and then rinse out the trash cans very well.

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