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 bad 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.
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Things You'll Need
- 3/4 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- Old rag
- 1 lemon (optional)
Clear the sink of all dishes and pieces of food.
Pour dry baking soda down the drain.
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. This is why you want to plug it with a rag. Allow it to work for about 30 minutes.
Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, remove the rag and pour the water down the drain.
If you have a garbage disposal, grind up several ice cubes, to dislodge pieces of food that may be stuck on the blades
Finish off by grinding a few slices of lemon to freshen the drain.
More Natural Cleaning Tips
Get a natural glow around your home with these cleaners you can make on your own (and save money at the store!):
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.