Use a Garbage Bowl to Keep Your Kitchen Clean Longer

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Do you know what a garbage bowl is? No worries, I didn’t either.

Stack of colorful ceramic bowls.

But this little tool can really help to keep your kitchen just a little bit cleaner.

Why I never figured this out sooner – I don’t know. Because it is really a simple concept.

Maybe it’s just me and all of you know the secret.

But if you don’t – stick with me – I will reveal all and you will wonder why you never thought of it either.

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What Is A Garbage Bowl?

Let me start at the end – a garbage bowl is a bowl that you use to collect your cooking trash – things like peels and trimmings.

You keep this bowl on the countertop as you work – so you don’t have to keep going back and forth to the trash can or trash cabinet.

For example, let’s say you are making this homemade apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe.

You have to peel, core, and dice the apples.

Instead of collecting the peels, core, and seeds on your cutting board or throwing things in the trash as you go along, you can toss these in the garbage bowl and throw it all away at once instead.

Bowl full of discarded apple peels, cores, and carrot tops.

This even works if you have a garbage disposal in your sink.

You might be used to just tossing stuff in your sink and then washing it all into the drain.

But that is kind of inefficient.

Instead you can collect it all in the garbage bowl and then put it into the drain all at once.

Your sink will actually stay cleaner and you won’t use as much water.

Where Can You Find a Garbage Bowl?

Believe it or not you can actually buy something called a garbage bowl.

However, you don’t need to do this – any old bowl will do.

The advantage of an actual garbage bowl is that they are usually made of a thick melamine or plastic so it shouldn’t break if you accidentally knock it over.

Some garbage bowls also have a rubberized ring on the bottom to keep the bowl from slipping on your countertop.

Personally, I think the official garbage bowls look really fun and I might just have to add one to my kitchen.

How Can A Garbage Bowl Keep the Kitchen Clean?

So, you are probably wondering why I am telling you that a garbage bowl will keep your kitchen cleaner.

Let me explain.

I have a pull out trash cabinet in my kitchen.

Before our kitchen renovation we had the kind where the garbage cans dropped in and sort of stayed suspended in the cabinet.

When we remodeled I opted for the kind where the trash cans sit in a base drawer with some cutouts to keep them in place.

With both of these styles of kitchen trash can cabinet, we always get junk and crumbs around the garbage cans.

Pull out trash can cabinet with crumbs around the base.

Maybe my family doesn’t have very good aim but I think the real reason is that no one really thinks twice if they miss the trash can or a few crumbs fall by the wayside.

And why should they think about it? THEY are not the ones to clean in and around the trash cans.

It is all up to me – and that is not a job I like.

A garbage bowl cuts down on the mess around the trash can, which keeps the crumbs and stray apple seeds out of the cabinet and off of the floor – which helps to keep the kitchen cleaner.

Hopefully, I will be able to re-train everyone else who lives here. ;-).

A Garbage Bowl Will Make You More Efficient in the Kitchen

So, you see, a garbage bowl can keep your kitchen clean and also save you time.

You will spend less time cleaning your

  • floors,
  • sink,
  • countertops,
  • and cabinets.

And, because the garbage bowl sits right on the countertop next to you as you work you spend less time on the back and forth to the trash can.

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  1. I use three containers. They can be any bowl or reused plastic container (think yogurt, cottage cheese, mushroom carton, soup bowl, mixing bowl). One is for compost (coffee grounds, citrus peels, etc). One is for chicken scraps (apple cores, squash peels, carrot greens, green pepper seeds/core. The last is for my veggie broth baggy in the freezer (carrot, celery, onion trimmings and any other veggie cast offs). Once a day I walk out to the chicken coop and the compost bin and empty the containers. The veggie broth cast offs, I just empty into my freezer ziplock when done with any prep. I usually get enough to make 2 quarts of broth every week and then use that as my cooking liquid for cooking grains for just a little extra flavor and nutrition without adding calories or sodium. It is ecological, economical and healthful. I can only image what kind of good for our bodies, wallets and planet, could come from everyone employing these practices.

    1. Hi DebbsSeattle,
      What a fantastic idea – to use your veggie trimmings for broth! I am going to that going forward. It definitely seems like a great way to add flavor in a healthy way.

  2. I actually do this, but I don’t have a designated garbage bowl – I just grab one from beside the sink that’s already been used. I didn’t even realize this was a thing!

    1. Hi Janet,

      It’s funny, right? I just use a regular bowl from my everyday dishes – if I am cooking larger quantities I will grab a mixing bowl instead.

      But whatever you use as a garbage bowl – it’s a great way to keep the kitchen feeling orderly.

      Have a great weekend!

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