You’ve Been Putting Garbage Bags in the Wrong Way—Here’s How

This TikTok hack teaches you the right way to get a garbage bag in the can. We can't believe we've been doing it wrong for so long!

There’s nothing we enjoy more than a good TikTok hack. Things have gotten so much easier since we’ve learned to store eggs the right way and the best way to clean a burnt pot. This week, we discovered that we’ve been putting garbage bags in the wrong way. Seriously.

The Right Way to Use a Garbage Bag

Is there really a right way to get the garbage bag in the can? There is, according to TikTok user @ch0zi and the 2.9 million people who have watched this hack.

@ch0ziBro. Who knew?? Garbage bags have an inside out mode?? Lmaoo. My life is a changed♬ Coming of Age – Blondes

It’s super simple. Start by opening the bag. There’s no need to shake it out and make all that noise. All you need to do is place the opened drawstring edge over the top rim of the garbage can—like a hat. Then you push it down inside the can, removing all the air and making room for the trash.

Sure…the end result is pretty similar to the way you’ve been doing it for years, but there are two noticeable differences. First, trash bags actually come inside out. Don’t believe it? Check out the seam the next time you take one out of the box. This method flips your trash bag right-side-out. Second, you avoid the annoying loud noise of shaking out a new bag. Sleeping babies everywhere will thank you.

More TikTok Hacks for Everyday Stuff

Now that we know this nifty trick for lining garbage cans the right way, let’s talk about how to keep them clean. Have a stinky garbage can? Try this simple trick to eliminate the funk. If the odor is in the garbage disposal, this fast garbage disposal hack may solve the problem once and for all.

Lauren Naru
Lauren has been working in media relations for 20 years and branched into freelance food writing in 2016. Her work for Taste of Home covers subjects like gift guides, sales and must-have kitchen items. She lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley region where she spends time writing, working in marketing and volunteering at her local community center. In her spare time, Lauren is hard at work mixing batter and piping intricate designs for her custom cookie business, Claire’s Custom Cookies. Outside of working and designing cookies, Lauren loves to spend time with her family and adorable dog, Murphy.