How to Naturally Clean a Smelly Drain

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The odor from a dirty drain can permeate throughout your entire house. Bacteria grows on food that is stuck deep in the drain, creating a bad smell. A simple, non-toxic weekly or bi-weekly cleaning method will keep your sink drain fresh and free of odors. Using natural cleaning products is a great way to keep your house clean and fresh while keeping your family safe and healthy.

Things You'll Need

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3/4 cup baking soda | 1/2 cup white vinegar | Old rag | 1 lemon (optional)

Step 1

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Clear the sink of all dishes and pieces of food.

Step 2

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Pour dry baking soda down the drain.

Step 3

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Follow with white vinegar and immediately plug the drain with an old rag.

Step 4

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The reaction between the baking soda and vinegar creates a small bubbling volcano effect, which you want to keep down in the pipe. This is why you want to plug it with a rag. Allow it to work for about 30 minutes.

Step 5

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Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, remove the rag and pour the water down the drain.

Step 6

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If you have a garbage disposal, grind up several ice cubes, to dislodge pieces of food that may be stuck on the blades.

Step 7

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Finish off by grinding a few slices of lemon to freshen the drain.

Tip

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Flush only liquids and gray water -- water from washing dishes and clothes, and from bathing -- down household drains. Throw food scraps in the trash or into a compost bin.

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The odor from a dirty drain can permeate throughout your entire house. Bacteria grows on food that is stuck deep in the drain, creating a bad smell. A simple, non-toxic weekly or bi-weekly cleaning method will keep your sink drain fresh and free of odors. Using natural cleaning products is a great way to keep your house clean and fresh while keeping your family safe and healthy.