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How To Make Homemade Drain Cleaner To Fix A Stinky Drain

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a tranquil bath. From the hot water relaxing your tense muscles to the sweet smell of candles, a soak is bliss. A stinky drain, however, is sure to ruin the peaceful occasion. Thankfully, there’s a recipe for a homemade drain cleaner thatfreshens smelly drains without having to run to the store for drain cleaner or call a professional drain cleaning service.

Even beyond the bathroom, your laundry room, basement, kitchen and garage drains naturally build up bacteria, producing the foul odors you’re smelling. Weekly drain cleaning prevents stinky drains. You should also sanitize your plumbing and reduce the accumulation of debris clogging your drains.

Wash your drains with easy, fresh homemade drain cleaner, and the stench is going to subside.

How To Clean A Stinky Drain

Make a homemade drain cleaner by following these steps:

Step 1: Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup table salt.

Step 2: Pour the mixture down the drain.

Step 3: Pour 1 cup heated vinegar down your drain; the concoction is going to foam and bubble.

Step 4: Let the solution stand for 15 minutes (longer does not work any better).

Step 5: Run hot tap water in the drain for at least 15 to 30 seconds.

If an odor persists, it’s possible that your drain is clogged. Difficult clogs continue releasing odors until they’re completely removed from the drain plumbing. With caution, try pouring the vinegar directly into your drain. But beware: The acidity of vinegar could damage certain sink surfaces.

How To Clean A Smelly Garbage Disposal

Follow these simple steps to rid your garbage disposal smell:

Step 1: Cut a lemon into quarters (or a lime in half).

Step 2: Turn your disposal on and run the hot water.

Step 3: Drop lemon or lime slices down the drain, piece by piece, until they’re completely ground up.

Step 4: For a more thorough cleaning, pour 2 cups of ice and 1 cup of rock salt into the garbage disposal.

What Not To Do

If you own a septic system, do not pour bleach down your drain. Bleach destroys the bacteria used to kill the waste in the septic system. Doing so causes significant damage to your septic tank and pipes.

If you’ve employed a homemade drain cleaner, but you still smell an odor, it’s best to call in the professional plumbers. Persistent smells or clogs could very well lead to more severe – and costly – problems.


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