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How To Keep Drains Smelling Fresh

Are the drains in your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room giving off offensive odours? Properly cleaning each one can restore the fresh fragrances, but there’s a lot you can do to keep them smelling great. For some issues, you may need to call a plumber; for many others, a deep clean using common household ingredients is all that’s necessary!

Check Your Pipes For Obstructions


Many reasons could be behind the foul smell coming from your drains: old food, hair, or anything you may have pushed down the drain. The clogged matter is probably starting to decay in the pipe. 

Until you find and clean the exact component where the food debris resides, the smells will keep coming from your sink. Remove the obstruction, and you’ll remove the odour!


Scour Your Sink Drain


DrainsIf you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen, grime can build up with every use. While you can’t always reach down the drain with a bristle brush, you can still use a combination of baking soda and white vinegar to scrub away the accumulation of grease and gunk.

Boil a kettle full of water and set it aside. Next, pour a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar into the drain. Let the solution froth and fizz in the sink for 10 minutes, then slowly pour all the hot water from the kettle into the sink drain.

Remember to give the sink flange a scrubbing, too. The metal sink flange is at the top of the garbage disposal where it meets the sink drain, and food debris often gets stuck there. Unplug the disposal at the wall outlet or breaker box, then squeeze some liquid dish soap onto your dish brush. Wet the bristles under the tap, then put the brush into the sink drain to scrub the top of the sink flange.


Install Drain Catches


DrainsKitchen drains are not the only ones prone to nasty smells: bathroom drains can smell, too. These stenches come when hair is washed down and trapped in your pipes, which slows draining and subsequently allows odours to take hold. 

You can get strainers designed for showers and bathtubs stainers at your local home improvement, hardware, or plumbing supply stores. They work well at keeping hair and other debris out of your bathroom plumbing.

If you do not have an in-sink garbage disposal system in your kitchen, consider placing one of these screens over the sink drain. It will prevent unwanted solids from entering your drain pipes, preventing build-up and the bad smells that come with it.


Mix Up A Drain Deodorant


One way to keep your drain smelling fresh is to mix up some deodorant. You’ll want something acidic that dissolves food residue while it replaces the awful smell. There are many different deodorizers you can choose, many of which use ingredients you might already have in your pantry! 

The simplest method of dousing your drains is using white vinegar and boiling water, but you can try a mix of soap or baking soda with citrus fruit like lime. If you have a garbage disposal, drop a couple of fragments from a citrus peel into the sink drain and run the disposal for 30 seconds. It’ll grind the peels, release the acids, and make your sink smell fresher! 


Give Your Drain A Break


If you’re detecting some harsh smells, make sure to watch what you’re pouring down the drain! Make sure that no grease, chemicals, paints, or adhesives are going down the sink. Do not dispose of food through your drains unless you have a proper disposal system, as any particles could get clogged in the pipes. Anything left to decay will cause bad smells to come from your drains!

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