Bathroom Rubbish Bins

by Julie Finch-Scally

I have a strong plastic rubbish bin in my bathroom which has a lip at the top.  Normally I don’t see this lip because I always place a bin liner in the bin which folds over the top. 

This week I had lots of unused and used products I was throwing away which pushed the bin liner deeper into the base of the bin causing the lip of the rubbish bin to be exposed.  As I leaned over to remove the liner to throw it into the garbage I noticed the dirt sitting on the rubbish bin lip.

When one thinks of the humidity and towel dust in a bathroom it is logical that dust would collect and sit on every surface, and that would include the lip of the rubbish bin.  I was horrified at how grimy it was.  Out went the full bin liner and the rubbish bin was whisked away to the laundry for a thorough clean.

It didn’t take long to remove the grime on the lip.  Out came the trusty cream cleanser and a sponge.  After dampening the sponge I poured a small drop of cream cleanser on the sponge and rubbed all over the lip of the bin until it was bright and clean.  This of course showed up the rest of the bin which was also dirty, but not as grimy as the offending lip.

This time it was easier to put on my rubber gloves and place the rubbish bin in some hot water in the laundry sink.  I rubbed all over the bin inside and out with a sponge/scourer and some cream cleanser making sure I worked the sponge in between the slats to remove the dirt caught there.

I was quite amazed at the colour of the washing water when I had finished.  Obviously the bin was dirtier than I had imagined. 

To dry the bin I shook the excess water off over the sink then placed the bin outside in the sun.  I was delighted with the results.  It was only then did I realise how long I must have been putting up with the dirty bin in the bathroom. 

The moral of the story?  Rubbish bins get just as dirty as other items in a bathroom and need a regular clean.  

 

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