Is the garbage taken out, fridge cleaned out, floor mopped, but the kitchen still smells? The culprit could be the sink. When food debris lingers in the drain, so does the smell. To keep the smells away and the kitchen smelling clean, do the following:
- Run cold water into the drain and turn on the garbage disposal. If there’s any debris that hasn’t been run through the disposal, it will be flushed through by the water.
- Pour ¼ cup of baking soda down the drain. Add ¼ cup white vinegar right after. This mixture will bubble when mixed and remove any loose debris and deodorize the pipes. Let this occur for anywhere between five and ten minutes.
- While the vinegar and baking soda mixture is bubbling, heat some water up on the stove. When it is boiling, pour it down the drain to clear the solution and any debris.
- Stores carry garbage disposal cleaners and deodorizers that homeowners could put down the drain to create a fresh scent like citrus. Or throw a lemon peel into the disposal and turn it on while running cold water. Try not to use these treatments often, as the acid can damage pipes with extended use.
- If the sink still smells, it could be an issue farther down in the pipe. Call All Star Plumbing and Restoration so they can remove the u-shaped pipe beneath the sink and clear any debris that might be in there.
By cleaning the sink and drains weekly, homeowners can prevent and minimize smells from the garbage disposal. If the garbage disposal just isn’t doing its job anymore, All Star Plumbing and Restoration can install a new one. Visit their website to learn about what should and shouldn’t be put in a garbage disposal to lengthen its lifespan.