How to Freshen a Smelly Drain

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Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup baking soda

  • 1/4 cup table salt

  • 1 cup white vinegar

  • Citrus peels

  • 2 cups ice cubes

  • 1/2 cup rock salt


Grind lemon, lime or orange peels into the garbage disposal monthly to freshen it.

Contact a plumber if you have difficulty removing sink odors because something may be wrong with the drain.


Never add cleaning solutions to the sink drain after you treat it with a commercial sink drain product because a dangerous reaction can occur.

Freshen smelly sink drains without harsh chemicals.

When you notice a funky smell coming from the sink drain, there is no need to panic. Sink drains accumulate dirt, grime, food and grease over time. The drains eventually smell due to the debris in the drain. If you neglect the odor in the sink drain, it can spread to other areas of your home. While the smell can overwhelm your nose, you can remedy the problem with items in your kitchen. After you remove the odor, deodorize the sink drain regularly to keep it smelling pleasant.

Sink Drain

Step 1

Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of salt into the drain.

Step 2

Heat 1 cup of white vinegar on the stove top until it begins to steam.

Step 3

Pour the warm vinegar down the sink drain. The reaction between the ingredients causes foam and bubbles to form.

Step 4

Allow the solution to react for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 5

Run hot water down the sink drain for 30 seconds to flush down the ingredients.

Garbage Disposal

Step 1

Place two or three citrus peels into the garbage disposal.

Step 2

Add 2 cups of ice cubes to the disposal. Pour in 1/2 cup of rock salt.

Step 3

Run the garbage disposal for 15 seconds. Allow the ingredients to sit in the disposal for 30 minutes.

Step 4

Run cold water into the garbage disposal.

Step 5

Turn on the disposal to remove debris and odors.


Angela LaFollette

Angela LaFollette

Angela LaFollette was born in raised in West Virginia, but she currently resides with her husband and children in Minnesota. She is food freelance writer and blogger as well as a full-time stay at home mother. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University. Angela's work has appeared on many online publications like Yahoo!, eHow, and Leaf Group.