Wheelie Bin Cleaning DIY and Save Money

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So you have been cleaning out your house or garage now you have a huge pile of junk to get rid of. 

Wheelie bin cleaning can be one of the most stressful things you “should do” to maintain the cleanliness of your waste disposal containers and keep your family safe from pests and diseases. Especially with the green bin, once your city’s waste collection truck has gone taking the contents away you can see how much dirt has accumulated over the weeks. Normally, something inside there just looks gross – gunk, grime and slime that come from the food waste and decaying leaves of plants that you threw in but now never wanted to move because they got stuck in there even when the bin is dumped over.   

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wheelie bin cleaning

Well, admit it or not, seeing your wheelie bins dripping with slime and sometimes with crawling maggots can upset you even in your sleep. This is why we are dedicating this blog to teach you the process of DIY wheelie bin washing and help you get over the nightmare as well as finding the easiest way of cleaning your bins without much effort.

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There are many ways how to clean a rubbish bin though most of us don’t like cleaning out our bins. Even so, cleaning must be done because whether you like it or not, the stench will come out from it while pests may likely make it their feeding ground. So let’s identify first what are the consequences of not regularly cleaning your bins?

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Can produce an awful stench especially when there’s a lot of decomposing stuff in there that got stuck and already producing methane and hydrogen sulfide which simply produces the bad smell.  


Can proliferate the growth of germs such as E. Coli, Salmonella and Listeria that can bring diseases not only to your families but also to those who will segregate your waste at the composting site or transfer station. 


Can attract pests such as rodents, cockroaches, ants, flies and even wild animals which can bring diseases into your families and your neighborhood. 

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There is the potential of introducing germs on everything that you touch thru waste mishandling. 


You may get the warning tag from your city or council’s waste management office for keeping a bin that has the potential to spread pests and diseases.


There are still so many reasons why wheelie bin cleaning should be part of your cleaning process which you can do at home. According to some homeowners’ associations, wheelie bin washing should be done at least once a month. But because most people feel grossed out in dealing with their very dirty bins, they switch to hiring professional bin cleaners who can efficiently keep their bins free of dirt, germs and away from pests. 

Moreover, there is no such thing as a free bin cleaning so you have to pay the cost to have your wheelie bin cleaned especially if you want your bins to be disinfected once a month. But to be honest, how to clean a rubbish bin yourself can be very easy.

How to Clean a Smelly Wheelie Bin - Very Simple Ways

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We have a video here that could give you ideas on wheelie bin cleaning and these are the cleaning bin DIYs. will show you how to clean a smelly wheelie bin with the use of a power hose and some cleaning essentials. 

Why we thought about including this video in our blog is because we know that there are homeowners out there that have power hoses in their homes for cleaning purposes. So this is the time to use your machine’s cleaning potential to keep your bins fresh and free of dirt.

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All of the colored bins we keep for our rubbish are always getting dirty. Even the yellow bin for the recyclables can also get very slimy sometimes because some people inappropriately throw cans and plastic containers in there that are still dripping with liquid, foodstuff and chemicals. The red bin for the non-recyclables also gets the grimes because this is where people dumped their residuals that cannot be dumped into the yellow and green bins.

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However, the bin that catches more of the dirt is no other than the green bin. All of the compostables that tend to rot, stink and attract pests. These compostables include waste from the kitchen, yard and garden. So regardless if the waste is moist, sticky, fresh, wet and slimy, all of it should be dumped into the green bin as long as these are safe for composting.    

 Step-by-step procedures on how to clean your bins right there in your home, here are two of the most effective methods:

Using a Power Hose When Bin Cleaning

Do the cleaning where there’s a driveway drain for safer and faster wastewater disposal and assuming we are cleaning the green bin. 

A power hose that is connected to the water system

Large plastic or metal screen to serve as a strainer for the drain grate

Large bucket filled with 2/3 water mixed with a detergent soap with bleach

A pair of long rubber gloves

garbage bag/paper bag

2 clean rags

Disinfectant spray (optional)

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Place the screen on top of the drain grate. The screen must be wider than the drain grate. 


Wear your gloves and face mask and use your power sprayer to spray all the dirt that you see inside and out of the bin but more on the inside. Blast off the dirt that’s glued inside the bin and make sure you disintegrate all of it. Don’t forget to spray the lid of the bin. 


Tip the bin right into the screen that’s on the drain grate to catch all the debris and let all the contents of the bin come out. When the water is all drained out, lift the screen with dirt and put it aside to drain and air-dry the dirt while cleaning the bin.  


Blast the interior of the bin again to make sure the inside of the bin is fully cleaned out of the debris. Blast the lid and the exterior of the bin and also the wheels to eliminate more dirt. Make sure that the water goes straight into the drain as you spray water. Drain the water from the bin completely into the drain.

Once all the dirt has been cleaned out from the interior and exterior of the bin, dip a clean rag into the bucket of water mixed with detergent and bleach and wipe the handle first then the exterior of the bin including the lid. 

Wring the excess water off the rag and dip the rag again into the detergent water and wipe the inside of the bin. Throw out the used rug. 

Get the second rag and wipe the moisture off the bin starting again from the handle going to the exterior and the lid and lastly to the inside of the bin. Make sure every surface of the bin is dry. As a final touch, you can spray the bin all over with a disinfectant like Lysol to ensure you kill the germs inside and outside the bin.  

If it’s sunny outside better leave your bin with the lid open under the sun for an hour to naturally disinfect it. 

Put all the gathered dirt in a dry paper bag and dump it back in the green bin.       


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How to Clean a Bin Without a Hose (Power Hose)

Below are the processes on how to clean a smelly wheelie bin even without the use of a power hose. More so, a garden hose would be very useful but if you don’t have it, water in a bucket will do. 

A long-handled mop that is solely for the cleaning of a dirty bin and preferably with a rotating mop head. This mop should not be used inside your home to avoid cross-contamination.  

Pair of rubber gloves

Detergent liquid soap with bleach


Garden hose if available


Hard hand brush

A clean rag

Plastic or metal screen to serve as a strainer for the biodegradable dirt if you’ll be cleaning the green bin


Wear your gloves and put the screen on top of the drain grate.


If there’s the hose, spray water on the inside of the bin and try to hit the dirt with the spray. Spray and drain all the liquid into the strainer until the inside is cleared out of the debris. Spray water also on the inside and outside part of the lid as well as the exterior and the wheels. If there’s no hose, at least pour a pitcher of boiling water into the bin, shake the bin and let the hot water stay there for a few minutes.   


Once the bin is empty of water, fill up the bucket with water and pour a good amount of detergent with bleach. Mix it then pour out the water inside the bin. 


Stir the water using a long-handled mop until it gets soapy then scrub the bottom and sides of the bin.  


Leave the soapy water inside the bin for a while but as you wait, put some water into the bucket again on half full then add detergent with bleach.

  • Dip the hard brush into the detergent water and brush the handle of the bin, followed by the exterior then the lid and lastly the wheels. Make sure you brush all the exterior parts of the bin with the detergent with bleach to clean and disinfect. 

    Spray water or wash the exterior part of the bin including the lid, handle and wheels. 

    Scrub again the inside of the bin with the mop and then pour out the water into the strainer. As the bin is laying on its side, spray a jet of water into the bin again to release all the dirt and soapy water. No water and dirt should remain inside the bin. 

    Raise the bin and use a clean, dry cloth, wipe the handle, the exterior, the lid and lastly the wheels. Get another clean cloth and wipe/dry the inside of the bin. Dispose of the used clothes.

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  • Spray disinfectants inside and outside the bin and you can leave the bin for an hour with an open lid under the sun. 


    Put the air-dried debris if these are compostable in a dry paper bag and dump these into the green bin.


    Remember to disinfect the brush and the mop head by dipping them into the detergent water and spraying them with disinfectants before drying them under the sun and keeping them inside your garage. If these got too dirty, better dispose of them out along with the gloves into the red bin (non-recyclables). 


    Wash your hands with soap and water and lastly, use alcohol for your hands. 


    And that’s how easy the wheelie bin cleaning can be. But if you’re not into it, again, there are private licensed bin cleaners that you can hire to do the cleaning for you and they will also disinfect your bins.

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Cost To Get Your Wheelie Bin Cleaned

The cost of wheelie bin cleaning varies from one bin cleaner group to another. Wheelie bins come in different sizes ranging from 80 liters to 240 liters. But based on our findings, the standard rates for wheelie bin cleaning in Christchurch city range with the following: 

For one-off cleaning: 

1 Bin – $20 to $25

2 Bins – $35 to $40

3 Bins – $50 to $55

One-off cleaning means the bins will be cleaned inside and out using a power hose and will be flushed with hot water and disinfected with disinfectants. 

For regular cleaning:

1 Bin – $8 to $10

2 Bins – $13 to $16

3 Bins – $18 to $22

Regular cleaning means only the internal part of the bin will be totally cleaned using a power hose while the exterior is most often left out or just wiped with a rag or unless requested by the homeowner to be cleaned. 

Now, when it comes to problems of disposing of your waste regardless it is biodegradable, recyclable or residual waste or even single-items like your old fridge or old bed, this now becomes our job. We specialize in single item pick-ups and all types of waste for disposal. 

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