How to Clean a Smelly Drain

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To clean a smell drain, use baking soda and vinegar to remove food debris from your drain. Pour baking soda and vinegar down your drain to get rid of odors with help from a personal assistant in this free video on household cleaning tips.

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Hi, I'm Caitlin from My Gal Friday, and today I'm going to show you how to clean a smelly drain. So, the products that you're going to need are baking soda and vinegar. Some people like to use bleach, but that's kind of a last resort, and some rubber gloves. A smelly drain often stinks because you've got food debris left in it from washing dishes. So, one of the first things you want to try to do is flush the drain, and the least toxic way to do that is to take some baking soda and you want to pour it down the drain. Baking soda is also great because it absorbs any smelly stuff. So, if there is any left over smell it will suck it up and then you want to take vinegar and you pour vinegar down the drain after the baking soda. If you remember when you were a kid, making volcanoes with baking soda and vinegar, it works well because the vinegar is acidic and the baking soda is a base, and so it fizzes up and it acts like tiny scrubbers down in your drain. So, you want to just let it sit there for about five minutes, and when you're done, you want to turn on the water as hot as you can get it and flush the baking soda and the vinegar out of the drain, and after you've done this, hopefully your drain will smell a lot better.

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