If you’ve ever experiences a smelly sink drain, you know how frustrating it can be. Not only does it stink to high heaven, but it can be tough to fix!
Is there a weird smell in your kitchen? It could be coming from your sink drain.
Thankfully, it’s no big deal and a simple fix. If you’re looking for a remedy for smelly drains that won’t use a ton of chemicals, this natural fix for stinky sinks is for you.
Why do smelly sink drains happen?
There are a bunch of reasons why this can happen, but typically it’s because something icky gets stuck.
Most often, food and grease gets stuck in your sink. It can slow down the water draining from your sink and gives you a sink drain that stinks up your whole kitchen.
So what is the remedy for smelly drains? Keep reading to find out how to take care of that smell and do it without any harsh chemical cleaners.
How to Cure a Smelly Sink Drain
Here is my favorite way that works for us every time. Down below I’ll be sharing a few alternate options.
Time needed: 15 minutes.
Mv Favorite way for how to fix a smelly sink drain
- Boil about 2 quarts of water.
While it’s boiling, clear out your sink. Remove any dish drains, etc. I usually take them and pop in some hot soapy water to soak.
- Pour into sink.
Once boiled, flush the drain by carefully pouring the hot water down the drain all at once. This will melt and soften any grease that’s trapped.
Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Add baking soda.
Add about 1 cup of baking soda to the drain. I just eyeball it and pack it in as much as possible.
Next, pour about 2 or 3 cups of white vinegar down the drain on TOP of the baking soda. Let sit 5-10 minutes.
Refill your pot and set to boil.
- Flush with hot water.
Flush with the boiling water or run hot water for 1-2 minutes and allow to drain out. Rinse any leftover baking soda down with the hot water.
- Flush with cold water.
Run cold water from the tap for 1-2 minutes.
And that’s it! Enjoy your non-smelly sink drain!
Want more options?
If you’re looking for some other options for how to fix a smelly sink drain, we’ve got you covered.
- Boil a pot of water and add a squirt or two of dish soap (I like Dawn) and stir to dissolve. Flush your sink with the hot water, let sit for 5 minutes, and flush with cold water. This is my “quick” fix. It can be paired with my above method too.
- Flush with hot vinegar. Boil 2-3 cuts of distilled white vinegar – it will smell, but it does work. Pour down the sink and let sit for 5 minutes before flushing with cold water.
- Check to make sure it’s the drain. Remove the filter from your sink tap and rinse it out to make sure that’s not the cause.
Have you ever had a smelly sink drain before? How did you fix it? Let me know in the comments!