Kitchen Drain Odor Removal

What You'll Need
Caustic soda
White vinegar
Clean glass jar
Baking soda
Hot water
Lemon juice
Drain snake
Lavender essential oil
Rubber gloves
Dowel or popsicle stick

Simply entering the kitchen can become an unpleasant experience if there is a strong odor emanating from the kitchen drain. As it can be the sign of a larger problem, it should be investigated and rectified as soon as it is discovered.

 Step 1 – Remove Accessories

To prevent damage to any items that are in the sink, remove them and set them aside before proceeding to clean the kitchen drain to remove any odor.

Step 2 – Basic Clean

If the odor from the kitchen drain has only recently arisen, it is unlikely to need anything more than a basic quick clean. Do this by pouring a 1/4 cup of baking soda into the drain before following this up by slowly pouring white vinegar into the drain. The mixture will fizz up so you must watch it to ensure that it does not overflow, reduce or stop the flow of vinegar if the bubbles grow too much. Leave this in place for at least 1 hour before rinsing it away by pouring hot water into the drain. Alternatively, mix the baking soda and white vinegar in a jar and add several drops of lavender essential oil before pouring the entire mixture into the kitchen drain. Leave it to sit for a while before rinsing the drain with hot water.     

Step 3 – Medium Clean

Where something slightly stronger than a basic clean is required, use a mixture of 1/2 a cup of lemon juice and a 1/4 cup of salt with a few drops of lavender essential oil. Ensure the salt is dissolved before pouring the entire amount into the kitchen drain. Leave this in place for no longer than 20 minutes before rinsing with hot water.

Step 4 – Deep Clean

In the event that the odor is strong and has been lingering for some time, it is prudent to do some more work to clean the drain as it is likely to be debris clinging to the sides of the pipe. A drain snake is a thin length of coiled wire that is flexible enough to be fed into the drain to dislodge any deposits. After working the snake into the drain from several different angles, pour some hot water into the drain to rinse debris away. If this method does not get rid of the odor, you may need to use some chemical assistance. In a large glass jar, carefully dissolve some caustic soda in accordance with the instructions making sure you are wearing protective rubber gloves. Carefully pour the mixture into the sink while avoiding any of the fittings. Leave it in place for no longer than the instructions advise and rinse with hot water.

Step 5 – Prevention

Use a sink plughole strainer to prevent any food and debris from finding its way into the drain. Keep half a lemon in the corner of the sink to create a fresh scent.