How do I get bad smell out of kitchen sink drain?

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  • Cheryl Cheryl on Sep 20, 2018

    If it is the garbage disposal drain....shove a lemon down it. If you are brave, look under the rubber flange around the drain, they get very yucky and need to be cleaned (toothbrush and degreaser soap).

    At least once a week, I put about a tablespoon of baking soda in the drain, followed by squirts of white vinegar until it stops bubbling, then rinse with hot water. An occasional sprinkle of bleach crystals followed by hot water flush also helps eliminate smells. Be aware of what you put down that drain - grease is the worst!

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Sep 20, 2018

    Vinegar and baking soda are always my go-to when it comes to stinky drains. Drop in half a cup of baking soda, follow up with a cup of vinegar and then follow that with boiling water. If its really terrible letting the vinegar sit in the trap for half an hour won't hurt anything just make sure and run water after that right away.

  • Dave Dave on Sep 20, 2018

    Baking soda and vinager

  • Dave Dave on Sep 20, 2018

    Baking soda and vinegar

  • Tam Tam on Sep 20, 2018

    Baking soda, vinegar, let bubble up then follow with boiling hot water

  • Mogie Mogie on Sep 20, 2018

    The remedy can depend of if you have a garbage disposal not. Put a stopper in the sink and fill it with several inches of hot water. Add a squirt of dish soap. Turn on the disposal and unplug the sink to let the water flush through. This is different than simply running the tap like we usually do since the disposal will actually fill with water.

    We threw a few ice cubes and a handful of kosher salt down the disposal. The ice helps knock food off the grinder while the salt scrubs the sides. For good measure, we repeated the flushing and then ground up a few lemon peels for freshness.

    This is a cleaning shortcut. Slice a lemon into small (quarter-sized) wedges and place in muffin cups, pour distilled white vinegar into the cups, let the cubes set up in the freezer overnight, remove the cubes from the tray, and pop a few down the disposal. Run a low stream of water and flip the switch!

    If you don't have a disposal I use the time-honored baking soda and vinegar trick. Dump a good handful of baking soda into the drain, let sit (don't run any water) for 15 minutes, then pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup white vinegar down. Watch the bubbles, hear the pops and fizz, and let it sit for another 15 minutes. Then, boiling water and voila! It will be right as rain ... at least for about six weeks. Just repeat as necessary!

  • Here you go.

    I pour baking soda down all the drains in the kitchens and bathrooms once a month. I take the baking soda from the fridge and freezers when I replace them. Put new in the fridge and freezer and pour into the kitchen and bathroom sinks, toilets and tub or shower drains.

  • Beth Beth on Sep 20, 2018

    When using lemons in the disposal, be sure to remove any seeds from them. They can get trapped under the blades and keep them from moving.

    Also, quite often the smell is from food buildup under the rubber triangle flaps at the opening of the disposal. I used a bottle brush, bent the handle so it would fit under there, and scrubbed away with dish soap. It was just about the grossest thing ever!

  • M&M&M’s grandma M&M&M’s grandma on Sep 20, 2018

    Mix baking soda and regular vinegar.

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