Do you have a bad smell coming from your kitchen sink? This most likely is caused by food stuck down in your garbage disposal or drain. While it doesn’t often happen, sometimes residue builds up, or you accidentally put something down it that you weren’t supposed to. Regardless of how it happened, it’s time to get rid of it! Below are three different methods you can try to remove kitchen stink.

1. Hot Water and Dish Soap
Perhaps the most comfortable option is to create a soap and water mix and have it run through your drain while the garbage disposal is turned on. Rather than just letting the faucet run though, put a stopper in the drain and allow the sink to fill up with hot water. After you add in the dish soap, turn on the disposal and remove the stopper, allowing the disposal to fill up with water instead of running right through it.

2. Vinegar and Baking Soda
You likely have these ingredients already in the house, making this another easy option. For stinky sinks, a two-to-one ratio of vinegar to baking soda might just do the trick. First, pour a half cup of baking soda down the drain and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Follow that with a cup of vinegar and watch it foam, but this time let the solution rest a little bit longer—around 10 to 15 minutes. Finally, wash the mix down with hot water.

3. Commercial Cleaner
Another option to consider is a commercial product designed for cleaning out drains. This could function as a backup option if nothing else works, or you can pass on the homemade remedies and go with the stronger stuff.

(Bonus) Ice Cubes
By themselves, ice cubes won’t necessarily remove kitchen stink smells from a drain. However, you can use ice cubes to knock stubborn food particles off disposal blades. Put some down the disposal and chop them up, but follow this method with one of the above in order to fully clean the drain.

If you have tried numerous times but still can’t get rid of the smell, it may be time to bring in the professionals, and we would love to help. Give Kellermeier Plumbing a call anytime at 616-866-5134.