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Help Getting Trash Cans for the Kitchen

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Getting trash cans for the kitchen isn't as simple a task as it sounds. In order to get the right type of trash can that will handle the rigors of the biggest trash-producing room in the house, it's important to make sure you end up with trash cans that fit your kitchen and your family. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind as you shop for trash cans for the kitchen:

  • How many cans? This is one of the first and most basic questions to consider. Do you get a single can, perhaps something large? Or, do you want more than one trash can in your kitchen? It may be a good idea to have at least two trash cans in the kitchen so family members can throw food stuffs in one can and reserve the other can for paper products and anything else that isn't edible. That way, you don't have decaying food creating an odor in two trash cans.
  • Size of your family. This thought goes hand-in-hand with the consideration of how many cans are necessary for your kitchen. Obviously, if it's you and a significant other only, you aren't going to need as many trash cans than if you had four or five children or roommates and pets. The more people, pets and visitors, the greater demand placed on your trash can.
  • Lids or no lids. Trash cans for the kitchen come in a variety of styles. For example, there are cans without lids, cans with tops that swing open to accept trash and cans with foot pedals. For many homeowners, the choice has a lot to do with aesthetics and what looks best in the kitchen. However, if there are kids and animals that might get into the trash can, that is an important consideration. Trash cans with more secured types of lids are necessary when there are little hands and animal feet that may be trying to get to the trash.
  • Under counter or in the open. This is partially an issue of style and partially an issue of safety. Instead of relying on a secure lid to stop a child or persistent pet from getting into the trash and handling garbage, it may be best to put the trash can out of the reach of kids and pets. Cabinets on wheels can be built to store trash cans safely inside, with the trash can easily accessible simply by opening the cabinet.
  • Trash can material. Because kitchens are the No. 1 room in the house for the production of trash, a sturdy type of trash can makes the most sense. Ornamental trash cans are better used in bathrooms and bedrooms where there isn't quite as much trash. Additionally, because much of the trash produced in the kitchen is leftover food, a trash can that can be easily cleaned is important. Plastic cans are great choices for kitchens because they can be easily hosed down and cleaned if they pick up a foul odor over time.

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