Use an all-purpose cleaner or water and dish soap to wipe down (with a rag or sponge) the front of the machine. If it is stainless steel, consider using a cleaner made specifically for that material.
Put on rubber gloves before cleaning the compactor's interior for hygiene and to avoid being cut by loose shards of glass or metal parts.
Pull out the drawer and use a wet/dry vacuum to suck out any loose glass, metal or other debris.
Spray an antibacterial cleaner onto the interior surface of your trash compactor's container (where the bag goes) and the ram, the flat part that pushes down the garbage. Though available at drug, grocery and hardware stores, antibacterial cleaner can also be made at home with water and a bit of bleach. Mix 1/4 to 1/2 cup bleach per gallon of water; wipe it on with a sponge or rag.
Allow the areas to air-dry before putting in a fresh trash bag and closing the drawer.
Things You Will Need
- Water and dish soap (or all-purpose cleaner) Rubber gloves Wet/dry vacuum Rag or sponge Antibacterial cleaner (or 1/4 to 1/2 cup bleach and 1 gallon water) Bleach
- Spray the inside of your trash compactor with a disinfectant between cleanings to discourage bacteria from growing. If your compactor has a filter, replace it once or twice a year.