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How to Deodorize a Smelly Kitchen Drain

Patrick Bogans

Where’s that smell coming from? It’s not the trash can. It’s not the fruit bowl. No, that terrible smell is coming from your kitchen drain. It’s easy for food to get stuck in your garbage disposal or P-trap and decompose in a matter of days. So that delicious seafood dinner you had last week? It’s still around--and it’s not as appetizing as before.

Sometimes a drain smell can be so powerful that it keeps everyone out of the kitchen. If you can’t cook breakfast or grab a snack from the fridge without getting a whiff of your smelly drain, you’ve got a problem on your hands. Luckily, you don’t need a plumber to fix the problem. Most smelly drains can be cured using a few items from your kitchen pantry.

Here’s how to deodorize a smelly drain--and how you can keep in clean in the future:

Grab some baking soda and vinegar.

These are the only two ingredients you’ll need to snag from the supermarket. Start by pouring one cup of vinegar and one cup of baking soda down your drain. (FYI: Don’t be tempted by any chemical drain openers. There’s a reason why they’ve got a bad reputation).

Let the mixture bubble up and work its magic for about fifteen minutes.

Baking soda is known for neutralizing terrible odors. Add vinegar to the mix and you’ve got a powerful bubbling deodorizer. Just give it a little bit to loosen up the old food inside of your drain.

Flush the mixture with boiling water.

Flushing hot water down the drain will clear the bubbling mix and wash any food bits down the drain completely. It's good to make a habit of running water to clear your drain. Doing so will keep food particles from overstaying their welcome. Try doing it about once a week.

Sometimes tougher clogs need the help of a plumber. Save money and try this method before calling a plumber. If you need vinegar that's a little mightier than what's at your local grocery store, try Factory Direct Chemicals. We offer 10, 20 and 30 vinegar for tasks just like this!


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