How do I get rid of the smell in my bathroom drain?

  16 answers
  • Kay Kay on Aug 12, 2017
    Dilute chlorox and pour in drain.
  • Shawn VanDoren Shawn VanDoren on Aug 12, 2017
    Use about 1/2 cup baking soda and follow that with 1 cup plain white vinegar. When it stops foaming flood with water. This also works to open mildly clogged drains.
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 12, 2017
    Bleach or Dettol
  • Jan10743234 Jan10743234 on Aug 12, 2017
    Use a drain cleaning gel, let set for 30 minutes, then pour a large pot of almost-boiling water down the drain. Works great!
  • Alice Alice on Aug 12, 2017
    Salt and baking powder down the drain (1/4 cup each), add 1/2 cup cheap vinegar. Let foam then flush with real hot water. Get narrow brush and scrub down the drain pipe as far as you can.

  • Anonamouse5 Anonamouse5 on Aug 12, 2017
    If you can, remove the drain cover. Pour a cup of baking soda into the drain and follow that with a cup of vinegar. When the foaming stops, flush the drain with hot water.
    Home Depot offers an 18" barbed strip of plastic to reach into the drain and clear out any hair caught in there. You can then follow up with an old toothbrush (don't drop it in there!) or bottle brush and clean the sides of the drain as far as you can reach.
  • DesertRose DesertRose on Aug 12, 2017
    Put 2 tablespoons of baking soda in the drain then add 1 cup white vinegar. It will bubble for a few minutes. Then rinse. Repeat daily until you do not notice an odor anymore, then repeat once a week to prevent odors. I also use Simple Green concentrate, about a teaspoon, once a week. It disinfects and deodorizes
  • Milldred Dillon Milldred Dillon on Aug 12, 2017
    You can take the u piper under the sink off , put a buck under the down pipe and then flush all the gunk out.
  • Phyllis Erstad-Girten Phyllis Erstad-Girten on Aug 12, 2017
    put vinegar and baking soda in then follow with boiling water.
  • Joyce Eikenberry Joyce Eikenberry on Aug 12, 2017
    Put about 1/3 of a box of baking soda in the drain. Follow up with a cup of white vinegar. If the drain is slightly clogged, follow that with a pan of boiling water after it stops foaming. I do this once a month whether a drain needs it or not; it keeps clogs from forming and keeps the drains from developing odd odors.
  • Joyce Eikenberry Joyce Eikenberry on Aug 12, 2017
    PS Never use bleach if you have a septic tank! NEVER! It will kill the bacteria in the tank and you will have major problems.
  • Susan K Mullins Susan K Mullins on Aug 12, 2017
    If possible, remove and clean out the elbow pipe underneath your sink. Sometimes there can be a build of residue that creates an odor. Create a mixture of one part Clorox to two parts water and let it sit in your drain for about 20 minutes weekly.
  • Baking soda works well.
  • Bink Bink on Aug 12, 2017
    If you have a drain...fill the gooseneck with water. Letting the water dry causes bad odors to come up"
  • Mismysis Mismysis on Aug 12, 2017
  • Eileen Crosby Eileen Crosby on Oct 15, 2017
    I’ve solved this in my bathroom sinks and stand alone shower by running hot water down drain, then pouring Blue Dawn Dish soap into drains and then repeating hot water. Most often the build up and smell is slimy gunk from toothpaste, soap, conditioner (in shower). In shower, I remove drain plate once a month and use an untwisted wire hanger keeping the hang hook on the end. I put it down the drain and pull up a hair ball that gets trapped in the pipe. The smell is awful once the hair comes up. It goes right in trash and out to bin. Give it a try. Bleach in septic systems may break down the enzymes that are necessary for keeping your system working as it should.
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