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Having a foul odor in your home that you don’t know how to get rid of can be very frustrating. A bad smell in your kitchen could be coming from anywhere, but the sink is often the culprit. Once you’ve narrowed the smell down to coming from your kitchen sink, there are still a lot of unanswered questions including why it smells so bad and what you can do to get rid of that odor.

Your kitchen sink works hard; just think of everything that goes down it every day. Even when use the garbage disposal and clean the sink, food particles still collect which can eventually lead to a horrible smell. Grease is also a big culprit when it comes to causing your kitchen sink to smell. One way to eliminate grease from becoming trapped in your sink is to avoid pouring it down there in the first place.

The two most common smells coming from your sink are a rotting food smell which is caused by food particles stuck in the drain or garbage disposal and a sewer smell which comes from a gas leak in the drain trap or vent. The first type is more common and not very serious although it can make your life somewhat miserable.

Once your kitchen sink gets to the point that it smells bad, you’ll likely want to call in the professionals. There are, however, some tips and tricks you can try to remove the smell yourself. Even if these tips don’t remove the smell, they can still be effective in preventing smells from coming from the sink in the future. Try them out for yourself and hopefully your issue will be eliminated.

Using Boiling Water

This trick can work even if you don’t have a garbage disposal. Whenever you boil a kettle of water you can pour the extra water down the sink or you can boil water specifically for this purpose. You can try adding a little bit of vinegar and baking soda.

The hot water can flush any food particles away and doing so once a week can be an effective way of preventing your kitchen sink from developing a bad smell. Allow the water to cool just a bit because boiling water could damage your pipes.

left overs of food left in the sink

Cleaning Out Your Garbage Disposal

There are several ways you can try cleaning out your garbage disposal, which is often why your kitchen sink smells in the first place. Take one cup of baking soda and one cup of white vinegar and pour them down the disposal. The mixture will bubble up so let it do so for about 10 minutes at the most.

Next, pour a pot of hot water down the drain to flush out the mixture. After that, fill up the drain with one cup of salt and two cups of ice cubes. Turn on your cold water and run it until the ice is gone. To make this process even more effective you can peel an orange, lime, or lemon and then drop the rinds in the disposal one at a time.

Most people will tell you to use some type of combination of these household products, but which combination works best may depend on the type of sink and plumbing you have as well as what type of food particles are stuck and causing the problem. These products are not harmful, so doing some experimenting may cause the smell to go away and likely won’t make things any worse.

  • Hot Water
  • Dish Soap
  • Ice Cubes
  • Coarse Salt
  • Lemon Peels (Lime or Orange)
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda

If these home remedies don’t work, it’s time to call in the professionals. The smell coming from your sink could be a gas leak which can be extremely dangerous to your health. The smell leaks in through the drain from the sewer and usually happens at the sink trap or the plumbing vent. Don’t panic because a smell related to gas isn’t always serious and can sometimes be easily remedied by running water down the drain.

plumber fixing the leakage

All-Star Service & Repair is West Jordan’s signature rooter service. Whether the drains in your home smell bad, are clogged up or have become slow, our team of expert drain technicians will start by diagnosing the problem. We will then ensure that your drains are functioning smoothly in no time. All-Star Service & Repair is fully licensed and insured and we have more than 60 years of experience in the plumbing industry.

While a bad smell in your kitchen may not seem like a big deal, it can get worse and eventually lead to larger problems if you don’t take care of it as soon as possible. Contact All-Star Service & Repair today to schedule an appointment or get more information.

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