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The 5 Worst Things Growing in Your Trash Can

There are plenty of places in your home that are surprisingly dirty, like your bathtub, kitchen sink, and yes, even your toothbrush. Understandably, your recycling and garbage bins are also two common hotbeds for undesirable guests, as well.


Think about it: trash cans tend to be dark, warm, moist environments where unhealthy things like germs simply thrive. And while not all germs are unhealthy for you, some definitely are. Exposure to certain microscopic flora and fauna can lead to health problems for you (not to mention the health of anyone else residing in your home) including respiratory difficulties, skin irritation, and other types of infections.

It’s worth noting, of course, that unclean trash bins often attract unwanted critters, too (including parasite-and-disease-carrying rodents), which can simply worsen your household exposure to germs and toxins.

With this in mind, we’d like to remind you of just a few things that can grow unabated in unwashed trash cans and bins:


According to a 2007 study from the Hygiene Council funded by the company Reckitt Benckiser (creators of Lysol), a survey of 35 American homes revealed that on average, there are over 411 million bacteria per square inch in a garbage pail. That’s more bacteria found on the average toilet flush handle, toilet seat, and bathroom light switch!


Fruit flies, house flies, ants, and even horseflies can grow in droves inside your trashcan, which can easily lead to a significant infestation problem within your home.


Maggots (which are larvae of the common housefly or blowfly) are small and white, about the size of a grain of rice. These creatures feed on decaying food such as meat and organic matter, and can not only be harmful to the health of your pets who may get into the trash but can cause a lot of odor in your home.


Exposure to mold, mold spores, and fungus has been linked with everything from throat irritation to lung infections. Mold growing in your trash bin can be especially problematic in immunocompromised or immunosuppressed individuals, including the very young, the very old, and the chronically ill.


Certain viruses, including those which cause the flu or common cold, can survive for up to 48 hours outside a human (or animal) host. These viruses also tend to live longer on non-porous surfaces, such as those found inside your trash cans.

Don’t tolerate unwelcome guests in your home or trash bins! If you’re looking for an affordable, convenient, and effective way to protect your family and keep unwanted “junk” out of your trash cans, contact our friendly staff at GLEAM today. We’re happy to help you learn how our bin cleaning and pressure washing services can help keep your home safer, cleaner, and foul-odor-free!