Best Car Trash Can Ever Plus a Few More Favorites

Wouldn’t you think that if car manufacturers can perfect self-driving cars, they could also come up with a way to conquer the car trash problem?

I’ve always thought that a built-in trash compactor would be great. Or even better, some kind of incinerator that sucks the accumulation of trash and garbage right out of the car and into a holding tank somewhere that magically converts it into purified drinking water. Or gasoline.

While waiting for that kind of invention to appear, I’ve been in search of the perfect car trash receptacle. I’ve tried plastic bags, plastic tubs and every kind of frugal trick and tip you can imagine to handle the annoyance of car trash. Nothing has ever proven satisfactory. Until now. I am so excited to tell you that finally, I have found a car trash can that works.  


Best car trash can. The Car Trash Can by Freddie and Sebbie is extra large and perfectly designed to fit most vehicles. It has four solid sidewalls that do not collapse and a lid. It is leakproof, sturdy and doesn’t tip over because it has gripper strips that grab onto carpet.

If I sound giddy about this discovery, that’s because I am. Giddy with joy that finally I’ve found the  perfect car trash can that will work just fine until someone invents the kind of compactor or incinerator I described above. This is the trash can every family vehicle needs to keep the car clean, tidy and litter free. 

After using my cool trash can for a few weeks, I turned around and bought a second one for a gift—quite possibly the best gift ever, too.

Best tea steeper. Recently, I toured the Celestial Seasonings Factory in Boulder, Colo. What an amazing opportunity to learn the ins and outs of herbs and teas. To brew tea properly you need a steeper. This Adagio ingenuiTEA Bottom-Dispending Teapot infuser/steeper is just the best ever. If you’re into tea, this is the steeper you’re looking for. Check it out and you’ll see what I mean.

Best mechanical pencil. There’s nothing quite like a perfectly sharpened pencil, and nothing so annoying as having to continually find a way to keep it that way. That’s why I’m partial to a mechanical pencil. And you just cannot beat this Uni-Ball KuruToga mechanical pencil for the price (under $5). This starter set includes the pencil and a supply of diamond infused lead, which is much stronger than typical pencil lead.

Best basic sewing kit. Every home needs a starter sewing kit and I’m talking about one that has full-sized items, not itty bitty fold up scissors and teensy pins and needles. You won’t find a better kit at a finer pricer than this Dritz Start-to-Sew Kit. And don’t be put off by the “starter” tone of this kit. It contains full-sized sewing tools for every level of hand-sewer, for under $10—all in a handy storage case.

Best LED lantern. Can you even image in a lantern that lasts for 30-days and runs on 3 D cell batteries? It’s true. This UST 30-Day Lantern is also water and impact resistant and has four modes: high, medium, low and SOS flashing. 

These are a few of my favorite things. What would you add to the list?


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  • Iggiesr4me

    Forget using a battery-powered LED lantern. The best thing to buy is this lantern – Goal Zero Lighthouse. It is charged either by solar power or by cranking it.It’s VERY easy to use & you never have to worry about the batteries being dead. It also has a USB port, so you can recharge your phones!

    They’re a little pricey – between $50-60, but they’re worth every penny. It has a handle, so it can be carried, and which also converts it so that it can stand up. Love it. We bought 3 – one for every floor of our house – and they’ve come in handy during power outages, etc. After we bought them, we threw out every flashlight we had in the house. Inevitably, when we most needed the flashlights, the batteries were dead. With this Goal Zero 32001 Lighthouse, that will never happen again.

  • Kristine Smith

    I have to say that I’ve often thought that a person’s frugality can be measured in part by the volume of trash they create. Or should I say, don’t create. If I am packing homemade lunch in containers I reuse – If I am not purchasing fast food, fancy coffee or soft drinks, and – if I limit my purchases and don’t spend time driving to stores without necessity, I can limit my car trash to a tissue and an orange peel which can be pocketed and disposed of immediately. Now I’ve saved money with my lifestyle and saved again on needing a special trash receptacle. I’m sorry, Mary, but $30 for a car trash receptacle really does sound like throwing money away.

  • Deb

    Don’t you just love Celestial Seasonings Factory in Boulder? I’ve been there once, but since we live so close, I need to go back again!

  • guest123

    those little one dollar flashlights at walmart (they might be a little more now)that hold two aa batteries work really good for seeing in the dark…they are skinny and fit easily in your pocket…also i use those walmart bags for trash they are free…anyway the best way probably to keep your vehicle clean is not to eat at all in them…wait till you get to your destination…

  • Felicia

    Look no more…automakers are listening! A new built-in trash compartment is on its way to cars in the United States. I am not sure which automakers will be first to market but I am planning to find one! Ask your favorite dealers about it as well!

  • jerih

    Regarding the Adagio teapot, I was in a fancy tea shop a few years ago and was intrigued by the bottom dispensing teapot. ($25!!!!) If you don’t put the thing down exactly on the plastic holder on the bottom (an easy mistake to make), you’ll have tea dispensing all over the counter!!! Also, I found cleaning the loose tea out was a pain. Watch out for gimmicky gadgets!! Thanks for all your wonderful hints. I have to go now and prepare my next batch of laundry detergent!!