How to Eliminate Kitchen Sink Odors

By November 30, 2015DIY Plumbing Tips

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Garbage cans and refrigerators are not the only sources of unwanted kitchen smells. The sink, drain, and garbage disposal are often to blame. Luckily, there are several do-it-yourself solutions to this problem. Follow these easy tips on how to eliminate kitchen sink odors, and your kitchen will be smelling fresh in no time.

How to Eliminate Kitchen Sink Odors and Drain Odors

Even if your sink isn’t clogged, there may be grease, food, or other debris attached to the walls of the drain. Here are a couple of simple ways to remove gunk and unwanted odors:

  • Add 2 cups of salt to 2 liters of boiling water, and stir until dissolved. Pour the boiling salt water down the drain. This will dissolve and flush out greasy residue, helping to eliminate kitchen sink odors.
  • Pour 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup white vinegar down the disposal. Let the mixture bubble for up to 10 minutes. Then pour a pot of boiling water down the drain to flush out the mixture. This will help break up smelly gunk and rinse it away. Remember, only run cold water when using your garbage disposal as this helps cool the motor.

How to Remove Garbage Disposal Odors

Sludge buildup in the garbage disposal is another common culprit. When trying to eliminate kitchen sink odors, the disposal should be a top priority. Before you proceed, please remember the #1 safety rule: do not put your hand inside the garbage disposal. Here are some safe, easy ways to remove unwanted smells:

  • Put 2 cups of ice cubes and 1 cup of rock salt into the disposal and run the unit with cold water. This will help break up embedded sludge, allowing it to rinse away.
  • For extra stubborn odors, try discarding some lemon peels into your garbage disposal. Cut a lemon peel into small pieces and drop them in. Run the unit, then wait 15 minutes before running hot water to flush the system while the unit is off. Remember, only run cold water when using your garbage disposal as this helps cool the motor.

How to Prevent Odor-Causing Buildup in the Future

Proper garbage disposal usage will help prevent clogs and smelly buildup down the road. Follow these best practices to keep your garbage disposal running smoothly and your kitchen smelling fresh:

  • Never pour grease or animal fat down the drain or garbage disposal.
  • Leave the unit on until all food scraps are fully consumed.
  • Always run cold water during the operation of your garbage disposal, as this will help cool the engine.
  • After using the disposal, run hot water through it for a few minutes to ensure that all food residue is washed away.
  • Once a week, put some dishwashing liquid into the garbage disposal and run hot water for a while after switching off the garbage disposal.

If you’re unable to eliminate kitchen sink odors on your own, or if your garbage disposal isn’t working properly, contact us! Call our office at (314) 965-9377 or email info@tonylamartinaplumbing.com.