How to Naturally Clean a Smelly Drain


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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Ingredients needed to clean your drain.
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Things You'll Need

  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • Old rag
  • 1 lemon (optional)
Step 1

Clear the sink of all dishes and pieces of food.

Clear the sink of all dishes.
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Step 2

Pour dry baking soda down the drain.

Pour baking soda down the drain.
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Step 3

Follow with white vinegar and immediately plug the drain with an old rag.

Pour white vinegar down the drain.
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Step 4

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.

Plug the drain with a rag.
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Step 5

Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, remove the rag and pour the water down the drain.

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Step 6

If you have a garbage disposal, grind up several ice cubes, to dislodge pieces of food that may be stuck on the blades

Grind ice cubes in the disposal.
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Step 7

Finish off by grinding a few slices of lemon to freshen the drain.

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Tips & Warnings

  • 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.


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