How to get rid of sink odor

The kitchen is heart of your home, it’s where your family gathers to share meals and to create lasting memories. But sometimes things can get messy in this region of your home, especially in the sink area. If you’ve been noticing a funky odor coming from your sink, we’ve got a fool proof guide that will help you get rid of it, just in time for spring cleaning! 

Start at the source – 

To completely rid yourself of the sink odor you’re going to want to start at the bottom and work your way up.

If you’ve been experiencing slow draining and hearing bubble noises coming from your sink, there’s a good chance that odor is coming from the drain trap. To get rid of the smell you’ll have to start at the source and get rid of the drain blockage, here’s how: 

Grab a bucket, rubber gloves, a thin wire brush and some elbow grease. 

Find the drain trap (the J-shaped pipe under the sink). 

  1. Turn off the water and place the bucket under the trap to catch any excess liquid.
  2. You’ll want to then unscrew the nuts on both ends of the J-bend.
  3. This can get messy so be careful, dump any left over water into the bucket.
  4. Take the trap to your backyard and hose off the debris and muck, take time with this step, years of gunk have been caking up inside this pipe.
  5. Clean the inside of the trap with the wire brush to ensure that it’s unblocked from any residue. 
  6. Reattach the drain trap once it’s fully cleaned.   

 DEODORIZE THE DRAIN - 

This next step won’t require as much elbow grease as the last. You likely have all the ingredients in your kitchen necessary to deodorize your drain. Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. 2 cups of vinegar
  2. 1 cup of baking soda
  3. Boiling water

Start by pouring baking soda onto the drain, let it sit for 5 minuets to cancel out the foul smell. After 5 mins pour the vinegar into the drain, this combination will loosen any clogs that are causing the odor. Let the baking soda and vinegar bubble up and do their thing for about 30 mins. 

While you’re waiting for this chemical reaction to rid you of the smell, boil a pot of water. Once the 30 minuets is up, slowly pour the hot water into the sink to wash away the concoction and blockage.  

GARBAGE DISPOSAL ODOR - 

You’ve put in the elbow grease, and even created a chemical concoction in your sink, now it’s time for the fun part, deodorizing your garbage disposal! Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Cut up a lemon into tiny slices.
  2. Grab a muffin tray and pour vinegar into the cups 
  3. Add the lemon slices to the cups
  4. Freeze overnight.
  5. Throw the frozen cups in the garbage disposal and turn it on while running water over it and voila! You are officially done deodorizing your kitchen sink from top to bottom.

Add this handy guide to your spring cleaning checklist and you’re well on your way to a clean and healthy home.