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How To Remove Smell From Kitchen Sink

How To Remove Smell From Kitchen Sink

If you've noticed an unpleasant smell coming from your kitchen sink, you're not alone.

This is a common issue in many households, I often get asked about it, but don't worry, in my experience, it's usually very easy to resolve.

In this post, we'll explore some practical and effective ways to banish those unwanted odours and get your kitchen smelling fresh once again.

So if you want to learn how to remove the smell from a kitchen sink, please read on.

How To Remove Smell From a Kitchen Sink

To eliminate any unpleasant odour emanating from your kitchen sink, try any of these simple steps:

1. Baking Soda and Vinegar

Start by sprinkling about 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain.

Follow this with an equal amount of white vinegar.

Let it fizz and work its magic for about 15-20 minutes, then rinse with boiling water.

2. Ice and Lemon Peels

This only works if you have a garbage disposal.

Grind a handful of ice cubes and some lemon peels in your garbage disposal.

The ice helps to remove any debris stuck on the blades, while the lemon peels add a fresh scent.

3. Hot Water Flush

Sometimes, a simple flush with hot water can do the trick.

The hot water helps dissolve any food residue, oil, or grease that may be stuck inside the pipes.

4. Use a Plunger:

If the smell persists, use a plunger to dislodge any potential debris in the drainage pipe that might be causing the bad smell.

Plunge and then flush with warm or hot water multiple times to make sure you dislodge as much as you can.

5. Enzyme-based Drain Cleaners

As a last resort, consider using an enzyme-based drain cleaner.

These are a safer alternative to chemical drain cleaners and can effectively eliminate bad smells.

Remember, prevention is always better than cure.

So, to prevent future smells, make sure to regularly clean your sink, avoid pouring oil or grease down the drain, and consider using a sink strainer to catch food particles.

What Causes a Kitchen Sink to Smell?

A smelly kitchen sink is usually the result of trapped food particles, grease, or oil that have started to decompose in the drain pipe or garbage disposal.

When these substances break down, they can release an unpleasant odour that rises up through the sink.

Another common cause is bacteria or mould growth in the pipes.

When conditions are just right, with moisture and organic matter present, these organisms can multiply and give off a foul smell.

If you have a P-trap under your sink (a pipe shaped like a "P" that traps a small amount of water to prevent sewer gases from entering your home), a dried-out or improperly installed P-trap can allow sewer gas to rise up through your sink.

This smells particularly unpleasant, like rotten eggs.

Lastly, sometimes the smell may come from a problem further down the plumbing system, such as a sewer or septic tank issue.

If the smell persists after trying common remedies, it may be time to call a professional plumber.

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How Can You Prevent a Kitchen Sink From Smelling?

1. Proper Food Disposal

Try not to let food scraps go down the drain.

Use a sink strainer to catch any particles and empty it into the bin after use.

2. Use a Garbage Disposal Properly

If you do have a garbage disposal, make sure to run it regularly to avoid build-up of food particles.

Run cold water before, during, and after its operation to flush food waste through the system.

3. Regular Cleaning

Clean your sink and drain regularly using warm water and dish soap.

A scrub brush can also be helpful for removing any residue sticking to the sides of the sink or the drain.

4. Natural Deodorisers

Use natural ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, or lemon peels to deodorise your sink.

Pouring a half-cup of baking soda followed by a half-cup of vinegar down the drain, letting it sit for 15-20 minutes, and then rinsing it with hot water can work wonders.

5. Maintain the P-Trap

Ensure the P-trap under your sink is always filled with water.

This prevents sewer gases from rising up.

Remember, prevention is the key.

Regularly cleaning and maintaining your sink and its plumbing can go a long way towards keeping your kitchen odour-free.

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Tips From an Expert Kitchen Fitter On How to Remove a Smell From Your Kitchen Sink

It’s always good practice to keep your sinks clean of any debris that could find its way down the plug hole and into your pipework.

Trust me, I have learned the hard way, when it comes to sinks and drains, it is much better to prevent an issue than deal with one.

I advise having a debris catcher to prevent this from happening, but of course it’s not an airtight solution so it’s best to have a plan B.

Using some of the tips mentioned earlier in the post, having some sodium bicarbonate and white vinegar on hand offers you an inexpensive way to clear any smells and small blockages before they get any bigger or smellier.

If the problem persists then try a stronger solution before calling out a plumber or specialist to deal with the problem.

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Final Notes On  How To Remove Smell From Kitchen Sink

Maintaining a fresh-smelling kitchen sink is largely dependent on three key activities: regular cleaning, careful prevention of food debris build-up, and employing deodorising agents.

It's essential to uphold a cleaning routine that includes washing your sink and pipes with hot water after significant usage.

This action helps dissolve and dislodge food particles that might otherwise lead to foul smells. Implementing the use of a sink strainer helps catch food remnants before they become an issue, and if you have a garbage disposal, keeping it clean is crucial.

Additionally, deodorising your sink regularly with natural substances such as baking soda, vinegar, or citrus peels can greatly help maintain freshness.

Persistent odours may warrant the use of commercial drain cleaners, and if the issue continues, professional assistance may be necessary.

Adherence to these strategies will significantly aid in keeping your kitchen sink free of unpleasant odours.

 Phil Tuddenham

Author - Phil Tuddenham

Philip Tuddenham is the force behind JMT Trade Ltd. Philip stepped into the family business in 1998, and has taken JMT to new heights.

He has decades of expertise and experience in designing, manufacturing and installing kitchens, bathrooms, domestic and commercial furniture.

In 2007, Philip broadened JMT's horizons. Introducing new ranges and diversifying into new territories such as media walls and school furniture.

While embracing this innovation, JMT remained true to its origins, continuing to provide excellent bedrooms and bathrooms.

Under Philip's leadership, the company continues to uphold its long-standing tradition of exceptional customer service and high-quality products.