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FAQs about trash bags
You'll need trash bags that comfortably fit your trash cans. Manufacturers print the size of their trash bags on the front of their packaging. Outdoor trash cans are the largest, typically taking trash bags between 20-30 gallons. Most kitchen trash cans suit 13-gallon trash bags. Bedroom and office trash can are a little smaller, so they suit trash bags between 7-10 gallons. Small bathroom trash cans typically need 4-gallon trash bags.
Your trash bags should be thick enough to suit the kind of trash you're storing. Inside trash bags handle fairly harmless waste, so they don't need to be very thick. Trash bags used for garden waste need to be a bit thicker as branches and thorny plants can puncture thin bags. Just like the size, a trash bag's thickness is usually printed on the front of its pack.
Most trash bags are between 0.7-3mL. Kitchen trash bags tend to measure 0.9mL. This thickness is more than capable of holding food boxes, drink cartons, food scraps, and leftovers. Trash bags for garden waste are usually 3mL. You might want a trash bag like this if you're throwing out items that could puncture the bag, such as broken glass, nails, and wire.
Trash bags are available in different colors, but your preference may be a matter of personal taste. White bags are a common choice because they blend in with their surroundings. This may be a consideration if your trash bag peeks out over the top of your trash can.
Black trash cans are another popular choice because their dark color hides the contents. Black trash bags can block ultraviolet rays, so they often don't smell as much as bags of other colors when left outside. They can be made with a higher percentage of recycled materials than other trash bags, so they're often the least expensive option.
Rainbow bags can be a fun option that injects some personality into trash collection. Some people who separate their trash also like using a different color for each type of trash.
BPI-certified trash bags have certification from the Biodegradable Products Institute. This group is the largest organization certifying biodegradable products and packaging in North America. Trash bags with BPI certification have been independently tested to make sure they break down in a commercial facility. When you buy BPI-certified trash bags via the Instacart app, you can feel confident you're not adding more stubborn plastic to landfills.
Trash bags are most commonly used for storing trash, but they also have some other surprising applications:
- Keeping personal items dry: Store clothes and other personal items in trash bags to make sure they stay dry when you're camping, boating, or attending music festivals in stormy weather.
- Waterproofing a bandage: Taping a piece of trash bag over the top of a bandage is a great way to waterproof it and promote healing.
- Creating a cold compress: If you don't have a cold compress, you can easily make one with a few ice cubes inside a trash bag. Apply the makeshift compress to swelling and bruises for relief.
- Moving house: Relocating trash bags full of soft toys and clothes is often easier than traditional moving boxes.