Trash Can Liner Won’t Stay Put? Here’s an Easy Fix

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When I bought a new trash can for the kitchen, I went for cheap.  Now I wish I hadn’t.  The cheap can won’t hold the trash bag in place and the bag constantly slips down into the can.  I’ve tried several solutions but nothing has helped.

David to the rescue!  He came home yesterday with a very simple and effective solution.  He put one of those plastic hooks on the front of the trash can and then hooked the drawstring onto it.  Problem solved.

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So if you’re having problems with your trash can liner, maybe one of these hooks could solve your problem, too.

Have you ever had this problem? How did you fix it?

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  1. That is an incredibly clever fix to an annoying little problem! My fix has been to use a giant rubber band that lives under the lip of the garbage can to anchor the bag but I like this idea much better. This is why I always keep a stash of those hooks around, they are so very handy! Thanks for posting this. :)
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    • I thought it was clever, too. David’s a genius when it comes to solving problems like this.

      I was thinking about a large binder clip on the edges but that would have been a pain. Your rubber band idea is good. But the hook is really easy. And I agree, those hooks are extremely handy to have around.

  2. Patty, What a great idea!
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  3. Well, isn’t that just the most clever idea!

    Thanks so much for sharing. Pinning!
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  4. Great idea. I’ve got to start using those hooks more. I hope you are recycling a lot of what is in that “trash” can!

  5. The way I fix this problem is to put an empty box of kitchen trash liners at the bottom of the trash can. This prevents the worst of the slippage because the trash can is too big for the liners.

  6. Genius!!

  7. OMG! Your hubby is brilliant!
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  8. I have that same garbage can. When I put a new bag in, I take off the lid so that the bag can go over that area, then put the lid back on so that the hinge traps the bag. But that only holds the back side so the front still slides down … will have to add a hook! I did that with the little garbage can that hangs inside the sink cabinet door (one on either side so that they hold the handles of grocery bags that I use for garbage bags). Forehead slap here that I didn’t think to also do it with the big can LOL! Brilliant!
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