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just another thing to clean
on October 27, 2014
With the stainless finish and envisioning my children/husband hitting the rim when throwing stuff away, I suspected before I even got it that it would just end up being another thing to clean. Sure, it's pretty (for a trash can) and I admit I got caught up in the glamour of all the 5 star reviews of love when I should have gone with my instincts. This is not for a busy household where people are home a lot and make a lot of sticky, wet, gooey trash - unless you are really relaxed and don't care about chunks of trashing drying all over the inside of the lid. But if you are contemplating buying a fancy trash bin for over $100 then I suspect you DO care about that sort of thing. If all your trash is dry, and all your trash is neat, then this is a gorgeous piece of art that you should buy.
What I hate is that the stupid thing needs cleaning every day and I have to babysit how we throw our trash away. We are an active household with 3 children, 2 dogs, and a whole host of rodents. At the end of any given day, it just looks fingerprinty and dog nosey on the outside and has all inside the opening gross smears of whatever gets dripped on it when throwing something away. I am no a clean freak and we are not particularly dirty, either. The biggest irritation to me is the plastic shield inside the mouth opening. There is a hard-to-reach crevice under the rim that has to be cleaned. Now I am worried that it is going to rust because I have to wash it so much. So after I wash off the crud, then I have to dry it and buff it. The whole thing just makes me smack my own head because I knew this would be a problem for me.
That being said, some trash bags have to be wrestled to fit in it. The 13 gallon drawstring bags a la Great Value at WalMart have worked the best for me. Glad Force Flex are good, too. All the bags I have used dangle but do not reach the bottom. It hasn't been a problem. Only the most stinky garbage makes a noticeable odor. And only when it is very full can you even see a bit of garbage peeking out. I have not had to clean inside it. Sometimes the bag pulls of and falls inside but only when the bag is very full.