The Scottish Plumber

Kitchen Sink Odors

Kitchen sinks get a lot of food particles and other debris washed down the drain, especially if you have a garbage disposal.  There are a number of “home remedies” people prescribe for their stinky drains, and sometimes they can successfully tame a mild odor.

stinkyBaking soda eliminates various odors around a home: for your kitchen sink, pour about a cup of baking soda down the drain and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Then run extremely hot water down the drain.  Or, boil a large pot of water and carefully pour it down the drain (alone, or after the baking soda treatment).  Instead of baking soda, some people suggest using salt, or chopping orange or lemon peels in the disposal and rinsing them down the drain.

Especially in the case of the boiling water remedy, what you are trying to do is cut through some of the grease that’s trapped in the pipe.  Of all the drains in a home, kitchen sinks are the most likely to have layers of grease and oils built up inside them, and the odor you smell is from the decaying grease or food that has been stuck in the layers of grease and is rotting away.

We’ve found that the best remedy for a smelly kitchen sink is to remove the grease.  This can be done with a thorough drain cleaning or hydro-jetting, or a regular dose of Bio-Clean.  Bio-Clean is an environmentally friendly drain cleaner that uses safe micro bacteria to eat away at grease.  Using this regularly keeps grease from building up and odors from forming.


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