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3 Leak-free Garbage Bag Solutions

It’s one thing that your kitchen garbage stinks, it’s another when the stink leaves a wet trail from your kitchen to your outside garbage can. Here are three solutions to avoid the aggravation of leaky garbage bags that don’t involve buying industrial strength bags or double bagging, which uses twice as many bags.

1. Compost. Most of what is causing your garbage bag to be so heavy (and wet) is food waste that can actually be recycled into nutrient rich soil through composting. By reusing food waste you also go through trash bags less often and decrease leaks. For more information and tips on composting, visit: http://www.howardcountymd.gov/Composting.htm

2. Empty Egg Carton. Open an empty egg carton and position it at the bottom of your plastic garbage bag. This will reinforce the bottom and trap any fluids before they sneak out onto your floor.

3. Can to Can. If you’re worried about a heavy bag of trash leaking as you hoist it out of the indoor can and transport it to your garbage tote, just carry the entire kitchen can to the garbage tote, then lift it directly in. This way, you’re only putting strain on the plastic bag for a moment instead of for 20 yards (or however long the distance between the two cans).

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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