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How to Eliminate Sink Odor

Want to eliminate any stench ruining your kitchen?


The sink stench issue can happen anywhere and its not exclusive to the kitchen, it can compromise the bathroom aswell, so we want to share the ways to tackle this problem in all those cases.


The bad smell does not come especifically from the sinks or toilets bit from the pipes. This is not only an unpleasant, but it also denotes a deterioration in the state of the pipelines or a bad job if its a new installation.


The pipes that give off stink, contain inside them a mixture of organic remains and rotten food adhered to the interior faces.


These are remains that, mixed with organic waste (such as lime) create crustiness that is difficult to remove. We want to provide some advice on how to eliminate the bad smell from the pipes.


Before aromatizing the house with pleasant essences or air refresheners, it is necessary to neutralize the bad smells.



Because some corners of the house can give off really unpleasant odors, as is the case with the toilet or sink.


Do you need help? In that case, don't miss the tips we have prepared on how to remove bad smells from the sink.


We can start by indicating the home methods to eliminate odors that, in some cases, give satisfactory results.


DIY Method



There are several homemade systems to avoid stench, but one of the most successful is through:


  • Chemical yeast or baking soda.

  • Common vinegar.

  • Hot water with salt.


It is essentially an unblocking method, but let's remember that it is precisely the blockages that cause the bad smells.


As for the doses of the products, we will take as reference half a glass of baking soda, half a glass of vinegar and 0.44 to 0.66 gal. of water plus a handful of salt. As baking soda is more accessible than chemical yeast, we will mention this product from now on.


Therefore, the baking soda should be put in powder form, not mixed with water. Half a glass of the product should be poured down the drain. Incidentally, it is very important that the drain and the sink container are completely dry.


The baking soda must be dry before pouring over it the half glass of vinegar. The bubbling will indicate that everything is going correctly. Now it is time to be patient and wait a quarter to twenty minutes.


The hot salted water should then be poured in, not all at once, but preferably little by little.


The hot salted water should take any stucked remains down the pipes, removing the organic residues and temporarily stopping the smell.


In old or poorly maintained pipes, this solution may be feasible, but for deep cleaning, it is advisable to use pressurised water from professional drainage companies.


Coffee Grounds Hack

On the other hand, we can refer to coffee grounds, a product that if poured daily down the drain of the sink, can maintain an odor-free sink by absorbing bad odor from the pipes.


Siphon Odor


The bad smell sometimes comes from the siphon. This element serves as a link between the drain or sewer and the sanitation pipes.


It must have certain characteristics, and when these are not fulfilled, stench can appear.

The main reason that siphon spreads odors that come out of the holes in the drain is that the level of water to be contained is inappropriate. If the water level dries out or drops, it is very possible that the foul odors spread through the kitchen or bathroom.


Maintenance to Keep the Stench at Bay


It is important to carry out good maintenance to avoid pipe odor. And it's not difficult. There are just a few considerations to take into account, especially regarding the state of the sink drain, the washbasin or other kitchen or bathroom fittings.


It is important to remember that solid products should never be poured down the drain, whether they belong to the sink or to any other installation linked to sanitation. For example, oil, even if it is cold, is very harmful to the condition of the pipes.


No Oil Down the Drain

If the you want to maintain your pipes correctly to avoid odors, oil should never be poured down the sink or any other drain. Its terrible for the environment and your home.


Keep in mind that any oily product will be an effective glue for any solid waste that falls. Whether it's pieces of plastic, detergents or food scraps, the dough will thicken to form a plug.


Always pour used oil into a bottle and throw it away in the trash, pouring oil down the drain has devastating physical effects, such as coating animals and plants and suffocating them by oxygen depletion, its not just petroleum, cooking oil can be as bad.


Contact Specialists


A bad smell from the drain is an indication that something is not right, even that a flood may occur. As we have indicated before, there are times when there is no choice but to contact specialists from unblocking companies.


In pipes that are too degraded or affected in areas far from the drain, sink or other access element it will be necessary to clean them with pressurised water to fully eliminate the bad smell from the pipes and all its consequences.


If the problem in the water networks overwhelms you, know that you have at your disposal a group of highly qualified professionals.


When incidents are complex and difficult to determine, network inspection work will be carried out. These tasks will locate the lump or plug that causes the bad smell, a detection that will occur without masonry works.


If you need professional help to tackle any problem in your hydraulic networks, contact experts.


For more tips on how to control bad odor on the kitchen, check out this article with useful tips.

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