How do I make drain smell better?


How can I get rid of smell coming from bathroom sink drain?

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  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jun 23, 2021

    Even though we have an auger, most commonly we find that our drains need to be physically fished out. Either using an unbent hanger as a refashioned hook or plastic barbed tool from the dollar store to explore the drain obstruction.

    Fishing out the blockage with that in -our experience— to partially involve hair seems to most readily alleviate odors and stoppage in our faucets and shower drains.


  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 23, 2021

    Step 1

    Pour ½ cup baking soda into the drain opening.

    Step 2

    Pour ½ cup white vinegar into the drain. The vinegar disinfects and foams when mixed with the baking soda to work through the pipes and clean the walls. Let the foam work for about 30 minutes.

    Step 3

    Pour 1 gallon boiling water down the drain to flush out leftover residue.

    Step 4

    Repeat every one to two weeks to prevent odor from returning.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 23, 2021

    You could use Mogie's recipe and add 1/4 salt for more scrubbing action.

  • This link gives you reasons and ways to treat the smell.

  • Maura White Maura White on Jun 23, 2021

    Pour down baking soda and vinegar, followed by a pan of boiling water. You want to kill whateverr mold/bacteria is growing in there that is causing the smell.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jun 23, 2021

    Pout baking soda and vinegar in it then cover for 30 minutes. Then pour boiling water. You might want to use sani sticks monthly in the future to prevent it. We don’t spit out toothpaste down the sink for this reason.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jun 23, 2021

    Pour down your drain 1/4 cup baking soda ,1/4 cup white vinager and 1/4 cup of lemon juice it will bubble up when finished bubbling wash down with hot water

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jun 23, 2021

    I would thoroughly clean out the trap, likely its just a build up of gunk over time and, hopefully, not a more serious problem with your vent. After that I find pouring vinegar down my kitchen sink every few months really helps. I let it sit for up to 20 minutes than flush with HOT water.

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  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 24, 2021

    Hi Fran: If you want to do the baking soda/vinegar thing, DON'T use any other type of drain cleaner like Draino. It can bubble up and explode out of the drain and maybe in your face and cause burns and/or blindness. So, one or the other, NOT both. O.k.? :) Now, with that said, check this site:

    Good luck

  • Fur51528602 Fur51528602 on Jun 24, 2021

    Take the pe trap loss and clean it really good sometimes gras and food gets trapped and being to small just rise it with hot water make sure it's clean

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jun 26, 2021

    Hi! There's a simple plastic tool called a hair grabber that helps you pull out buildup from your drain.

  • Annie Annie on Jun 28, 2021

    Add some bleach. If that doesnt work the trap may need to be removed and cleaned...

  • After getting out any hair down there with one of those long plastic hair grabbers, sprinkle in some baking soda then pour down some vinegar.

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