What’s That Smell? Simple Solutions to Making Your Kitchen Sink Smell Better

Do you have a kitchen sink that has a bad smell coming out it? If so, we have a few quick fixes to help get that stink out of your sink.

For Sinks with Garbage Disposals

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Sinks with garbage disposals built in are a lot more likely to have food and waste going through them. While this can be convenient cleaning up around the kitchen, it also leads to a smelly sink. Other common causes for undesirable scents can be rotting food in your pipes or grime that builds up. Not only does it cause your sink to stink, left untreated it can also cause clogs down the line. Many of the following tips will leave your kitchen cleaner but can also save you money down the line.

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Dish Soap & Hot Water

Start this trick by filling your sink mostly full with soapy hot water, then turn on the garbage disposal, and unplug the sink. The hot water will fill up the garbage disposal, and hopefully flush out anything that may be causing the odor.

If this doesn’t work, then you will want to go on to more astringent methods to both clean and sanitize.

Coarse Salt, Lemon Peels and Ice Cubes

Another way to get rid of bad smells and clean any persistent gunk that maybe stuck to the blades of your disposal is this trick. Drop a handful of ice cubes and a few tablespoons of coarse salt to clean the disposal out, then put a whole lemon peel in after, grinding it up, to remove and smells.

Lemon and Vinegar Ice Cubes

This last method takes a little more effort but works wonders at getting rid of gross odors that won’t go away. Slice a lemon into small 1 inch cubes. Next, place the lemon cubes into an ice trey and cover with white vinegar. Put the lemon and vinegar filled ice tray into the freezer to set over night. The next day pop a few down the drain with the faucet gently running, and turn on the disposal. With a flip of the switch, the unpleasant scents should be gone.

 

For Sinks without Garbage Disposals

Sinks without garbage disposals have no way to clear themselves of buildup, which can lead to gross odors.

Boiling Water

water-sinkDon’t underestimate the cleaning power of hot water. To do this, just boil a pot of water and directly pour it down the drain. The sudden heat can dislodge grease and other buildup that may be causing the smell.

Vinegar & Baking Soda

No, we’re not making a homemade volcano but still, this same recipe is also a quick way to kill any odor causing bacteria living in your drain.

Pour 1 cup of baking soda followed by 2 cups of vinegar into the drain. Let the concoction bubble for a bit, then pour a pot of boiling water in to flush it all down the drain. For some extra strength, try adding coarse salt to the mix to really scour the gunk out of your drain.

Keep The Stink Away All Year Round

One final trick to keep stink away is sprinkle baking soda in to your drain periodically. This kills bacteria, and helps keep grease and other food waste from building up which will result in keeping any bad smells away for longer.

 

Author Bio: Leo stays busy running his plumbing company, Rooters on Time, in sunny Los Angeles, California. He’s been around pipes his whole life and loves to share his experience with others. When he’s not working, he can be found in his garage woodworking or doing other home improvement projects around his own home.

 

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