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Why Does my Kitchen Sink Smell Horrible?

Oh, no: what’s that horrible smell? Sure, it could be your garbage can — but you took the trash out yesterday. What about the bathroom? Well, it looks like that hasn’t been occupied in the past hour. What could that horrendous smell be, though? It turns out, it’s your kitchen sink — and here’s why it reeks:

You’re Don’t have a Garbage Disposal

Picture this: you’ve finished eating your dinner and have some scraps on your plate that still linger. Instead of throwing them into the garbage can, you decide to scrape the remaining food particles into the sink drain — even though your sink doesn’t have a garbage disposal.

Of course, tiny pieces of food can make their way down without any problems — but what about those big pieces that you jam through the drain? Unfortunately, it’s highly possible that those stray pieces will remain stuck in the pipe, building up with other particles over time — which leads to that foul smell.

If you’re afraid of having a lingering smell (and the fear of clogging your drain), then it’s best to take any remaining scraps and dump them into the garbage can. This will not only save your sink, but it will also protect your nostrils from a foul odor, too!

You Haven’t Cleaned Your Drain

What if you’re conscious about what you discard down your sink drain — but it still tends to smell? If that’s the case, then it’s possible that you need to clean your pipe. Sure, your sink might be working fine, but there is a point where a clear drain will be in need of a “bath” to keep it that way.

Indeed, you can use a chemical drain cleaner — but we don’t recommend it since it does more bad than good for your plumbing pipes (and indoor air quality). If you’re looking for the best solution, then we highly recommend using a natural drain cleaner, which you can make at home with some essentials you already have.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 tea kettle of boiling water

To start, you’ll want to pour 1 cup of baking soda down the sink drain, followed by 1 cup of white vinegar. After that, let the mixture sit for about 10 to 15 minutes. Finally, take the tea kettle of boiling water and pour it down the drain. Within seconds, you’ll have an odorless, clean pipe!

If you run into any problems with your home plumbing, heating or cooling, and prefer to forgo the DIY route, our technicians are here to help! Visit our website to learn more about the services that we offer here at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. — or you can call (865) 518-7008 to speak with a representative directly.