A stainless steel sink harbors strong smells that can be challenging to eradicate. The smells result from food particles getting lodged down the sink and mixing with water to breed bacteria, producing the bad odor over time. Removing the bad smell is a task you can carry out easily, to leave your kitchen smelling fresh again.
Step 1 - Run Garbage Disposal
If you have a garbage disposal, run it to remove all debris from your sink. In the absence of the garbage disposal, remove the debris using your hands. Wear hand gloves while doing this. The debris may be hard to remove. You can then disconnect the sink trap to ensure that you get out everything clogged inside there.
Step 2 – Clean the Drain
Boil water and run it down the drain. This will help remove bacteria and food particles that lodge in the drain. Take the baking soda and pour a teaspoonful down the drain to help remove the smell. Meanwhile, do not stop pouring the hot water. Check whether your sink still has the bad odor, as it may be too strong to remove with just hot water and baking soda.
Step 3 – Bleach the Drain
If your sink still smells, pour the bleach down the sink drain. It will help to completely kill bacteria, as well as remove any remaining food particles lodged in the drain. Leave the bleach for 15 minutes to ensure effectiveness. Run cold water down the drain to wash it off together with the food particles. Pour boiling water down the drain once again and check to see if the smell has gone.
Step 4 – Use Corrosive Drain Cleaner
You can eliminate stubborn smell coming from your stainless steel sink by using a corrosive drain cleaner. If after the above step you still have bad odor coming from your sink, pour the corrosive cleaner. Remember to wear your protective clothing appropriately when using such a product. After leaving it for a while, rinse the drain and sink thoroughly by running a sufficient amount of cold water.
Step 5 – Clean the Splash Guard
Pour the liquid soap into a small bucket and mix it with some water. Use the small scrub brush to scrub the rubber areas of the splash guard, ensuring that you clean the folds adequately, as they are potential breeding grounds for bacteria.
Step 6 – Freshen the Garbage Disposal
Run cold water from the sink continuously and turn the garbage disposal on. Drop ice cubes and orange peels into the disposal one at a time as it runs. This will aid in leaving it fresh. The sink is now clean and free from bad odor. Finally, use the scrub brush and liquid soap to also clean the sink stopper and drain strainer.