How to Get Rid of an Egg Smell in Drains


Eggs can leave a particular smell in the kitchen, especially in the kitchen drain or garbage disposal. This smell can be easily removed with items you likely already have in your kitchen pantry.

Things You'll Need

  • Sponge with a rough surface
  • Dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • Firm-bristled toothbrush
  • Distilled water
  • Small bottle or container
  • White vinegar
  • Wipe the inside of the sink using a sponge with a rough surface and dish soap. Scrub the inside part of the drain that you can reach with your hand. Rinse the whole sink with cool water until all of the soap is removed.

  • Pour a small amount of baking soda into the drain, making sure to coat the top ring that is accessible by hand. Allow the baking soda to sit for one hour.

  • Scrub the top ring of the drain with a firm bristled toothbrush for one to two minutes. Rinse the sink with cool water to remove all of the baking soda. Allow the sink to dry for 10 minutes.

  • Make a 10:1 baking soda to distilled water mixture in a small bottle or container and stir to combine.

  • Pour the mixture into the drain and onto the top ring. Allow it to sit for eight hours or overnight before rinsing with cool water.

  • Pour white vinegar into the drain if the smell does not dissipate after the baking soda treatment. Allow the white vinegar to sit for eight hours or overnight before running water in the sink.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bleach can be used to remove egg smells in a kitchen drain as well. However, it may damage the surface of the sink. Check with the manufacturer or the cleaning instructions that came with the sink if you are unsure whether bleach will damage the finish or not. Avoid getting bleach on countertops.
  • Do not use bleach if you regularly use products that specify that they should not be used with bleach in your sink, even to remove smells. Mixing certain products with bleach can cause a dangerous reaction.

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  • "The Cleaning Bible"; Kim Woodburn; 2008
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