Bad odors sometimes emanate from the bathroom or kitchen sink. The smells may be caused by food waste, a buildup of excess soap or stagnant water in the pipes. The U-bend in the pipe should act as a barrier by holding water to prevent drain smells from emitting through the drain hole, but occasionally the smells escape. If your stinky sink has you scrunching your nose, grab a few common ingredients from your pantry and make your own household cleaner. But before you start, ensure the sink is not blocked by running cold water from the faucet for a couple of minutes. Hot water will accentuate the smell. The water should run freely down the drain and not pool in the bottom of the bowl.
Things You'll Need
- Baking soda
- Large mixing jug
- Lemon juice
Mix 2 cups of vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda in a large mixing jug. Add a few squirts of bottled lemon juice or the juice from half a lemon. The ingredients are natural cleansers and deodorizers that are nontoxic and environmentally friendly.
Slowly pour the cleaning solution down the sink drain.
Allow the cleaning solution to sit in the pipe for 30 minutes.
Flush the sink and pipes with cold water for three minutes. The bad odors will disappear.
Tips & Warnings
- Clean the sink once a week using this method to prevent bad odors from returning.
- Regularly check plumbing pipes for leaks and blockages. Call a qualified plumber if you can't fix the blockages yourself.
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