You walk into your house to discover a lingering, unpleasant scent. You take out the garbage, check the refrigerator for expired food, spray some deodorant…but the smell is still there.
You search everywhere to discover the source of the stench, only to be taken aback when you realize it’s kitchen sink smell!
Don’t worry, smelly sinks are a fairly common problem – especially for households priding themselves on home cooked meals. There are many common causes for stinky sinks.
Bacteria build-up in the drain pipe, decomposing food particles in the garbage disposal and ventilation issues can all lead to odor issues in the kitchen. Fortunately, you are not doomed to a smelly food preparation area.
Dealing with Bacteria
There are many ways to deal with bacteria build-up in your drains – many of them household remedies and Eco-friendly. We recommend avoiding harsh chemicals in the kitchen to reduce food contamination.
DO NOT mix bleach and commercial drain cleaners like Drano as the chemicals can mix to form a poisonous gas such as chlorine.
Pour ½ cup baking soda and 1 cup white vinegar into the drain. Allow solution to react and foam for 5-10 minutes. Clear out by pouring several cups of hot (but not boiling) water down the drain.
Use a bio-enzyme drain cleaner.
Taking Care of Food Particles
If your issue turns out to be decomposing food particles caught in your garbage disposal, try filling the drain with two cups of ice and a cup of salt.
Then, turn on the cold water and run the disposal until the ice is gone. Follow this up with baking soda/vinegar cleanse or a bio-enzyme drain cleaner to ensure the food particles are thoroughly flushed from the system.
Vanquishing Stinky Vents
- Touchless Faucets and other Products
- Simple Care for Your Dishwasher
- What Is a Grease Trap and How to Install One for Your Home?
- Why Your House Smells Like a Sewer?
- Everything You Need to Know About Repiping a House
- Keep Your Home in Top Shape by Following an Annual Maintenance Schedule
- Home Repairs You Shouldn’t Tackle Yourself
- Removing and Preventing Limescale