How to Fix a Smelly Sink Drain

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How to Fix a Smelly Sink Drain
Foul smells from a sink drain permeate throughout the area surrounding the sink. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Sink drains get smelly due to leftover foods and liquids poured into them while rinsing or washing dishes. Rinsing the sink with just dish soap and water fails to eliminate such odours, since this method does not fully remove particles and bacteria from the drain. Purchasing a professional drain cleaning agent is not necessary, as a homemade drain cleaner gets rid of the foul odours found in the drain. This homemade cleaner, which is less expensive than a store-bought product, causes no damage to the drain or to pipes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Funnel
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Place the clean funnel into the drain's opening.

  2. 2

    Pour a 1/4 cup of baking soda into the funnel. Wait until all of the baking soda enters into the drain.

  3. 3

    Pour between 1 and 2 cups of the white vinegar into the funnel. Wait until all of the vinegar enters the drain.

  4. 4

    Secure the stopper over the drain. Leave the drain covered for approximately five to 10 minutes.

  5. 5

    Remove the stopper. Turn the faucet's hot water on. Leave the water running for about 30 seconds.

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