How to Remove Odors From a Bathroom Drain

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Things You'll Need

  • Drain snake

  • Vinegar

  • Baking soda

  • Lemon

  • Blender

  • Cheesecloth

  • Bowl

Use lemon juice to deodorize drains.

Bathroom drains provide the perfect environment for odor-causing bacteria to grow. Any area with poor air circulation and damp conditions is likely to harbor foul odors. Before disassembling your pipes or dumping harmful synthetic cleaners down the drain, try a low-impact, organic method first. Citrus fruit contains natural essential oils that help to eliminate germs and bad smells. Baking soda absorbs odors while acting as a mild abrasive. When used together, vinegar and baking soda create a natural chemical reaction that loosens grime and eliminates odors.


Step 1

Use a drain snake to remove hair and other clogged debris from the drain. This debris offers smelly bacteria a place to feed and grow.

Step 2

Pour several cups of hot vinegar or water slowly down the drain to help loosen caked-on grime. Avoid using boiling water if your house has plastic pipes, warns the website Earth Easy.

Step 3

Sprinkle about a cup of baking soda down the drain.


Step 4

Slowly pour several hot cups of vinegar down the drain. The natural, bubbling chemical reaction will further loosen debris as it deodorizes the drain.

Step 5

Chop a lemon into several small pieces. Use a blender to puree the chunks. Add water as needed to create a runny mixture.

Step 6

Strain the lemon mixture through cheesecloth over a bowl. Remove as much solid matter as possible.

Step 7

Pour the liquid citrus down the drain. Allow the residue to remain in the drain for as long as possible before rinsing with water.


Do not mix bleach and vinegar, as the combination creates toxic gas.