No matter how hard you scrub your kitchen sink, it'll stink if you don't clean the drain. In this article, we discuss different methods that will help eliminate that annoying stink. The important tip here is to make sure to do these regularly to prevent harboring this stink as food bits get caught in the drain and start to rot.
Here are 10 ways you can eliminate that stink:
1. Baking soda, essential oils, and boiling water
Baking soda is very popular when it comes to cleaning hacks but combine it with your favorite essential oils and it'll make an even better cleaner for your kitchen sink. To use this method, simply dump about a half-cup of baking soda into the sink. Pour some drops of essential oils of your choice and let sit for an hour or overnight.
All that you'll need to finalize this method is to pour some boiling water down the sink to give it a rinse. This technique will not only leave the drain cleaner, it will leave your kitchen smelling amazing thanks to the sweet-smelling oils.
2. Boiling water
If the stink from your kitchen sink is still mild or just started, then you should consider flushing it with boiling water. You don't even have to wait to boil water! Instead of leaving that excess pasta water to cool down before discarding it, pour it down the drain to clear out the smelly junk.
If your kitchen drain continues to be stinky after this, then consider other items on this list.
3. Baking soda, salt, vinegar, and boiling water
Don't be surprised to find another baking soda mixture on this list, it is afterall the holy grail of cleaning hacks. For this technique, you'll need:
- 1/2 cup coarse salt
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1 cup vinegar
- Pour each of the items listed above down the drain; the coarse salt particularly provides just enough extra abrasion to break up the gunk.
- Cover the drain to get the bubbles working in the drain only (takes about 30 seconds).
- Pour a kettle of boiling water through to rinse off the gunk and dissolve any remaining salt.
4. Hot water and dish soap
This is very easy to do and requires household items. To use this method, start by allowing a sink full of hot, soapy water flush through the garbage disposal while it’s running. Next, fill the sink with lots of hot water and mix in some dish soap. Let this mixture run through the drain, washing off the longstanding gunk in the drain.
The important trick here is to let the cleaning mixture run through the waste disposal while it works.
5. Ice cubes, coarse salt, and lemons peels
If you still perceive a nasty smell from your jurvhen sink even after cleaning the drain, then your next actions should be targeted at the disposal blades. A powerful combination of ice cubes, coarse salt, and lemon will work wonders.
First, throw some ice cubes and a handful of kosher salt down the disposal. The ice helps knock food off the grinder while the salt scrubs the sides. Next, flush down the drain for good measure and then ground up a few lemon peels or run an halved lemon through the sink for freshness.
6. Baking soda, lemon juice, and boiling water
A mixture of lemon juice and baking soda will create a bubbling reaction, and will effectively rid your drain, of the slimy gunk. Even better, this cleaning mixture will leave it with the lingering scent of the lemon.
All you have to do is pour the mixture down the drain, and then let a sink filled with hot water run through for a final cleanse.
7. Hot vinegar
Hot vinegar is commonly used to clean a coffee maker but did you know that it is a potent cleaning agent for your kitchen drain? So, the next time you're giving your coffee maker a thorough clean, repurpose all that hot vinegar and use it to de-stink your drain!
8. Baking soda
This list would be incomplete without a mention of this powerful cleaning agent! Baking soda continues to be an important agent to remove tough stains from the kitchen and even de-stink refrigerators and — you guessed right! — your kitchen drain.
All you have to do is sprinkle some baking soda down your drain at regular periods. The baking soda will effectively absorb the odors of rot, leaving your drain smelling fresh for longer.
9. Vinegar and lemon ice cubes
This easy hack uses frozen lemon cubes to quickly rid your waste disposal of longstanding gunk that may be giving off a nasty stink. But what's most important is that vinegar is the liquid agent!
To use this method, simply freeze lemon wedges in white vinegar, run a low stream of water and then turn on the disposal!
10. Baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water
This popular hack combines bubbling, baking soda-and-vinegar mix, and a final rinse with scorching hot water. To prepare the cleaning mixture, you'll need 1 cup baking soda plus 2 cups vinegar.
Pour the baking soda down the drain and then let the vinegar follow. Let this sit a couple of minutes, then rinse with hot water.
Do you know other tips that can effectively rid a kitchen sink of a nasty stink?