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How to Clean a Smelly Sink

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 20, 2017
How to Clean a Smelly Sink

Before filling your house with pleasant scents, you need to neutralize bad odors. Some parts of the house can smell really unpleasant, such as the toilet or the sink. Do you need some help? In that case, don't miss our OneHowTo tips on how to clean a smelly sink.

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Steps to follow:


If your sink smells badly because your sink installation is old and in poor condition, perhaps the time has come to replace it. Bear in mind that rather than you trying to use remedies and tricks, this is a much deeper problem and will just make things worse if left as it is. So don't procrastinate a minute longer and invest in a new kitchen sink. Of course, it is essential you conduct a thorough clean of your kitchen and ventilate the room adequately.


Before implementing any home remedies, remember to thoroughly clean the kitchen and remove any waste from the sink's drain. How do you do that? You can do this manually or with special products that you can find in specialist shops.


You can get to work right now with our homemade trick to get rid of unpleasant sink odors if you wish to. To do this, start by pouring a splash of boiling water over the drain. This will help to get rid of any bacteria. Be careful not to burn yourself!

How to Clean a Smelly Sink - Step 3

The next step is to, pour a tablespoon of baking soda down the drain and immediately run some very hot water. This combination of ingredients helps to eliminate sink smells.

Also, you can also pour white vinegar on top of the baking soda. You'll see how a chemical reaction generates foam capable of cleaning away any accumulated dirt and bad smells.

How to Clean a Smelly Sink - Step 4

If none of these ideas work, you should also try pouring in a cup of household bleach or lemon juice. These ingredients, especially bleach, are also widely used to disinfect and get rid of the smelly sink.


Once you've poured these ingredients down the sink , leave them for about 15 minutes and then run some more hot water over the drain. That's your final step finished to eliminate sink smells.

If your sink is also pretty rusty, take a look at our article on how to remove rust from the kitchen sink too.

We hope this OneHowTo advice has been useful, but if you have a trick on how to clean a smelly sink, please share it with us.

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