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Provide Drainage for Trash Barrels

Washing your outdoor trash can should be a breeze if you first drill several 1/2-inch holes in the bottom. The drainage holes will allow you to hose down the insides of the barrel without having to dump out the dirty water; this will also prevent rainwater from collecting.

Comments (20)

  • 7 Jun, 2012

    Excellent for trash, but not for garbage unless composting, in which case I'd keep it near the garden plot.

  • 30 May, 2012

    not a good idea if the container is used for food garbage. why? because of ants. the ants that i had were relentless.

  • 30 May, 2012

    not a good idea if the container is used for food garbage. why? because of ants. the ants that i had were relentless.

  • 29 May, 2012

    Not a gret idea. I do put my garbage in plastic bags first but every so often my husband empties his diet coke in the trash. Lots of ants would follow on garage floor. It is much easier to wash the can and tip it over to dry!

  • 29 May, 2012

    If you have mice, be careful with this idea.

  • 29 May, 2012

    I think this a great idea because my husband uses this type of trash can for when he does yard work. We have garbage cans that our town provides for us for regular trash (I thought everyone did) so I didn't even think of all the problems everyone has been commenting on. But for yard work, this is a great idea!

  • 29 May, 2012

    Won't this attract Ants. Nice Idea but bad concept.

  • 19 Aug, 2011

    ...or, just wait a week or two for the can to crack on the bottom as they always do after being emptied by the sanitation workers. Plenty of drainage then.

  • 7 Jun, 2011

    I agree with carabau because if a bag does leak, then it's all over your driveway or side of the house which invites nighttime critters to come near the house. We have racoons at night and we try to seal everything up as tightly as we can. Some dish soap and water and/or vinegar with scrubbing , takes the yuk away. Not a bad idea for pots with plants though that don't have a way to drain.

  • 6 Jun, 2011

    Plastic bags don't belong with trash.

  • 6 Jun, 2011

    I have to agree with lblimon - all our garbage is bagged b/4 adding to the trash can. i think it's a terrific idea.

  • 6 Jun, 2011

    I can't believe the previous comments. Your are not supposed to deposit the trash directly in the can, you deposit your trash in a plastic bag and you place the plastic bag in the can that has holes in it. And if by any chance there is a leak, or your plastic bags breaks, then it will be more easy to clean because of the drainage. Just plain common sense...

  • 6 Jun, 2011

    Just add hot water and a bit of detergent to soak up scum at the bottom. let it sit for however long it takes,then scrub out the can. Drilling holes defeats the purpose of a 'trash' can.

  • 6 Jun, 2011

    I first thought, duh, what a good idea...then I wondered why cans dont have the holes in the first place...and when I thought it thru... the reality of ants, vermin and any creature attracted to a smell or juicy escaped drip would feast.... I got it.

  • 6 Jun, 2011

    This is a crazy idea, but I can forgive you because it is Monday! I agree with the previous posters that it would be an open invitation to insects, especially ants. It's not THAT hard to hose out a garbage can!

  • 6 Jun, 2011

    You're really reaching. Why not repeat some of the old tips that were useful.

    This idea is ridiculous.

  • 6 Jun, 2011

    Drilling the holes makes a lot of sense to me in keeping the can clean. We only keep trash that is bagged. We don't just dump stuff in there.

  • 6 Jun, 2011

    Hate to agree with antiquewoman - but hornets and wasps would love to have a weeklong picnic to attend and the joy of stinging whoever opens that lid!

  • 6 Jun, 2011

    Also makes it easier for ants, flies and any other insect and vermin to find their way into the trash and "surprise" when you open the lid and find your garbage infested!!! Seriously Martha, I used to subscribe to your magazine, watch your show every day...etc...now the advice and most of the ideas and projects are just too way out there.

  • 6 Jun, 2011

    Also makes it easier for ants, flies and any other insect and vermin to find their way into the trash and "surprise" when you open the lid and find your garbage infested!!! Seriously Martha, I used to subscribe to your magazine, watch your show every day...etc...now the advice and most of the ideas and projects are just too way out there.