I’ve always favored the color black to decorate with. Eons ago, when desktop computers went from that ugly mandatory beige to being available in black, I was overjoyed. When kitchen garbage cans stopped being available only in that horrible slate blue and black became an option, I was thrilled.
I had my last kitchen garbage can for more than a decade. It was a basic, black rubbery-plastic can with a lid. Nothing fancy. The lid lifted off to fold the bag under the rim, and its two plastic hinges allowed you to manually lift the lid for use.
Removing a full bag of garbage wasn’t easy, however, so my son Jeremy drilled two holes in the back to negate the vacuum caused by the full bag. It worked. The design was not great (but it was black!). The rim of the lid had ridges where gross stuff like spaghetti or crumbs would get caught, and because of the texture, it couldn’t just be wiped clean, so it had to be hosed off and scrubbed (but it was black!).
It wasn’t fancy, but I lived in rental homes, so they weren’t fancy either. Fast forward until Sister Michelle, son Jeremy and I bought our first home. I redecorated and wanted to go high-end with everything. I replaced everything from doorknobs to every piece of furniture we owned. The fixtures and appliances are all brushed nickel, so I wanted to get a stainless-steel garbage can to match. Then I saw the $100+ price tag. Ouch!
After all my other new house expenses, I decided to keep the old black can a while longer. Then we started having parties, and people who got a little too tipsy didn’t know how to “work” the old black can. (Just lift the lid, stupid!) At one party, one plastic hinge was snapped, and at the next party, the other hinge was snapped. I soon found myself in Bed Bath and Beyond, and something in me snapped! I HAD to get a new kitchen garbage can right then! I walked right past all the plastic babies and headed straight to the $180 Simple Human 14.5 gallon can. (Luckily, I had my 20% off coupon!)
This can had it all. It was gorgeous with a brushed nickel finish. It had this beautiful step opening and a smooth rim under the lid. And it even had a pocket to store more bags and the rim concealed the edge of the bag being used. It was the Porsche of all garbage cans! When I got home and stopped hyperventilating over the price tag, I opened the box and was dismayed to see a scratch on the lid!
The next day, I returned the can for another one just like it, and I was thrilled with how nice it looked in my kitchen. (It had better at that price!) But the first time I took out a full bag, it ripped. Turns out, the liner pocket wasn’t flush against the back. This frustrated me because, while I’m not cheap, I still think almost 200 bucks for a place to throw outdated lasagna is a bit pricey, and since it was only a few days old, I wanted it to still look showroom new. I examined the problem and figured there was a little plastic tab missing, so I contacted Simple Human who guarantees their products with an amazing warranty. They asked me to send photos of the problem, which I did. I expected them to just send me a replacement liner pocket that I could pop in the back of the can, and I figured I’d have to mail them the damaged one once I switched it out.
About two days later, I received a huge box in the mail containing a beautiful, brand new garbage can! They told me to recycle the old one and enjoy. The cost of one of these beauties is about the total sum I’ve paid for every other garbage can combined that I’ve ever owned, so there was no way I was going to just chuck the “old” one. So, I got out the trusty duct tape (which is, of course, black!) and taped down the liner pocket, and I went on Amazon and purchased a recycle logo sticker, and I figured I’d use it for recycling instead.
Unfortunately, the first sticker I bought was white and huge, so it made my kitchen look like it belonged in a state park! I scraped it off and purchased a smaller sticker in grey, and it looked so good on the lid that I bought another to stick on the front.
The only trouble has been that I got a violation warning from my city that I’m not allowed to put my recyclables in plastic bags! (Yes, really!) What-evs… I’m loving my new garbage can (and recycle bin), and I expect to have them around for many, many years, or until I have another party. And I also find myself polishing both cans at least once a day. In fact, I suggested to Sister Michelle and Son Jeremy that we install a disposable shoe cover dispenser above the cans so that people can use them before they step on the pedal to open the cans, but my idea was quickly vetoed.
Anyway, I can’t say enough good things about Simple Human, their superior products, and their awesome customer service! Thanks, Simple Human!
Let’s talk: How long have you held onto a garbage can? How much would you pay for a good garbage can? Have you ever had a party guest destroy something? What would you have done with the can that was replaced?