How to Get the Smell Out of My Drains

Sniffing around your home trying to find the source of unpleasant odors may lead you straight to the drains in your kitchen and bathroom sink. Since most homeowners do not regularly clean the drains, mold, bacteria and fungus will grow in the drains and produce odors. These unpleasant musty or sour smells will drift up and out of the drains filling your home with the nose-wrinkling aroma. Several methods can cleanse the drains and remove the odors.

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Regular cleaning of drains will keep odors, bacteria and fungus at bay.

Boiling Water

Step 1

Boil a large pot of water on the stove. Put on a pair of oven mitts and carefully remove the boiling water from the stove.

Step 2

Pour the boiling water carefully down the smelly drain.

Step 3

Continue pouring boiling water down the drain once a day until the odors are no longer present.

White Vinegar

Step 1

Pour undiluted white vinegar straight into the smelly drain.

Step 2

Leave the vinegar in the drain for 30 minutes before flushing the drain clean with hot water.

Step 3

Repeat the process once a day until odors are gone. Keep odors and fungus at bay by using white vinegar once a month in the drains.

Baking Soda

Step 1

Turn the hot water faucet on and flush the drains for two minutes. Turn the hot water handle off.

Step 2

Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda in the drain. Place the cover on the drain and wait 30 minutes.

Step 3

Remove the drain cover. Pour boiling water down the drain. Repeat the process as needed.

Orange and Lemon Peels

Step 1

Remove odors from garbage disposals by placing orange or lemon peels in the disposal.

Step 2

Turn the disposal on and let it run for one to two minutes.

Step 3

Repeat the process as needed to remove odors and clean the disposal blades.