Drain odor removal

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Drain odor removal
Food, grease and other debris cause drains to smell. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

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

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    White Vinegar

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    Repeat the process whenever the odour returns.

    Baking Soda

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

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

    Coffee Grounds

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

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