How to Clean a Smelly Drain

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How to Clean a Smelly Drain (Photo: Nathan Moffett)

The odor from a dirty drain can permeate throughout your entire house. Bacteria grows on food that is stuck deep in the drain, creating a rotten smell. A simple, non-toxic weekly or bi-weekly cleaning method will keep your sink drain fresh and free of odors. Using natural cleaning products is a great way to keep your house clean and fresh while keeping your family safe and healthy.

How to Clean a Smelly Drain (Photo: Nathan Moffett)

Clear the sink of all dishes and pieces of food.

How to Clean a Smelly Drain (Photo: Nathan Moffett)

Pour dry baking soda down the drain.

How to Clean a Smelly Drain (Photo: Nathan Moffett)

Follow with white vinegar and immediately plug the drain with an old rag. The reaction between the baking soda and vinegar creates a small bubbling volcano effect, which you want to keep down in the pipe. Allow it to work for about 30 minutes.

How to Clean a Smelly Drain (Photo: Nathan Moffett)

Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, remove the rag and pour the water down the drain.

How to Clean a Smelly Drain (Photo: Nathan Moffett)

If you have a garbage disposal, grind up several ice cubes, to dislodge food chunks that may be stuck on the blades, and then a sliced lemon, to freshen the drain.

Things You'll Need

  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • Old rag
  • 1 lemon (optional)
    Tips & Warnings
  • Flush only liquids and graywater -- water from washing dishes and clothes, and from bathing -- down household drains. Throw food scraps in the trash or into a compost bin.
  • Don't ever use synthetic chemical cleaners or artificial air fresheners in your house. They will heavily pollute your air and cause health problems.

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