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Drain odor removal

An unpleasant odour quickly turns a home into a stinky mess. When the stink is coming from the drain, trying to figure out how to remove the odour is a challenge. Drain odour is typically caused by bacteria growing in the pipes. The odour seeps out of the drain and fills the room with a nose-wrinkling odour. Fortunately, household items found in many kitchens are able to eliminate the drain odour and prevent clogs without using expensive, toxic chemicals.

Pour 1 cup of distilled white vinegar down the smelly drain. Let the vinegar sit in the drain for 30 minutes.

Flush the drain clean with hot water. Let the water run for 2 to 5 minutes.

Repeat the process whenever the odour returns.

Pour 1 cup of baking soda directly down the drain. Consider pouring 1 cup of white vinegar directly down the drain after adding the baking soda.

Cover the drain with a drain cover and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.

Bring a kettle or pot filled with water to a boil on the stove. Remove the drain cover and pour the boiling water directly down the drain.

Repeat the process weekly to prevent clogs and keep odours away.

Bring a pot of water to a boil on the stove. Add 1 cup of coffee grounds to the boiling water and stir with a spoon.

Pour the hot water and coffee grounds down the smelly drain. Let the mixture sit in the drain for 10 minutes.

Flush the pipes clean by running hot water down them for 2 to 3 minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Drain cover
  • Kettle or pot
  • Coffee grounds
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About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.