Of all of the messes to tackle in your home during Spring cleaning, the trash can is probably the stinkiest. OK, your compost is up there, too. Piles of leftovers rotting away for a few days in a warm plastic bag is not exactly my favorite scent. So, when it comes time to clean, you can't just spray it with some all-purpose cleaner and wipe the grime and stench away: You've got to exercise a little patience. The best way to clean your trash can is to soak it for 30 minutes before scrubbing off the gunk with a sponge. I prefer to use a solution of super-hot water and vinegar or Clorox Green Works Natural Dilutable Cleaner. If it's really messy, you might want to spray it down with a hose before you soak.