I’m sharing my Wood Tilt-Out Recycling Bin Cabinet project with Zep Garbage Odor Eliminator as
part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #ZepSocialstars
We moved into this house last summer. It was my first summer living in the area and I had no idea before moving here just how bad the flies are. It gets quite hot here, so where there's heat and trash, there's odor and flies. It seemed like every time we opened a trash can flies would come buzzing out and they were more than happy to take up residence in our house. Every time we opened the doors to let the dogs in or out, the flies would sneak in too. It got to the point that by the end of the summer I had tried most of the 'home remedies' I'd researched on-line with little success and swore that this year I was going to defeat them before they have a chance to take over again.
Our trash cans are nowhere near our back door, we have them around the side of the house by the gate, mostly for convenience, but also so that we don't have to smell them whenever we open the door. Inside, we have a large metal trash can and the recycling would just get piled up on a counter until someone took it outside.
But, in my quest to conquer the fly and trash problem in the house before summer hits, I finally got around to completing one of my trash to treasure projects last week. I had purchased a wood tilt-out trash can cabinet at thrift store probably close to two years ago. I was in love with the shape of it, but not the color (as you will see shortly), and it was only $35. So it has sat in storage in the garage ... okay two garages if you count our old house too, in my never-ending pile of "I will upcycle this one day".
So this is what the cabinet looked like before:
Don't get me wrong, I loved the yellow, and I even loved the weathered look, if you've seen my trash to treasure projects previously, then you'd see a trend of weathered finishes on them. But I think it was the flowers, and the fact that this hadn't been sanded properly before painting that left me not wanting to put it into the house until it was fixed.
And so, with a lot of sanding, three coats of Olympic paint in 'Misty Surf' (which I just happened to have in my paint cabinet), a varnish and a couple of days of drying, it was finished.
Next, I plan on picking up lavender plants at a local nursery and putting them by the front and back door. I've heard that they help keep the flies from coming inside when the doors are opened. It's worth a try, plus I love lavender, it makes me think of my grandmother who passed away last year. I've also heard that basil works, so I'm going to put a pot of that in the kitchen too, or maybe I'll finally get around to cleaning out the raised garden beds in our backyard and plant a few herbs.
Last, but certainly not least, we have this little container of magic.
Not only does it control odors, but it also absorbs spills and has a citronella fragrance. It's perfect for inside and outside, so not only will we be using it inside our trash can and recycling bin, but we are going to start using it in the outside trash cans after weekly pick-up too, because well, we have a lot of dogs, who make a lot of mess in the yard, and oh the smell.
Those flies don't stand a chance this summer.
Zep Garbage Odor Eliminator retails for $4.97 and is available at Home Depot.
Disclosure: I’m sharing my Wood Tilt-Out Recycling Bin Cabinet project with Zep Garbage Odor Eliminator as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #ZepSocialstars