How to Get Rid of a Stink in the Sink

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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

  • Vinegar
  • 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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