Let’s face it: our drains don’t always smell like a bed of roses. (If yours does, tell us your secret!) Along with water, a lot of other things end up down drains in the average household: dust, food scraps, grease, hair, dead skin, and more. Eventually, things can start to smell a little funky down there.
If you’re dealing with a smelly drain in your home, here are two options you can try to remove the odor.
Option 1: Good, Old-Fashioned Baking Soda, White Vinegar, and Hot Water
If you have an actual clog that’s causing your drain to back up, skip on down to Option 2 or contact one of our plumbers for assistance! However, if you only need to deodorize a drain, try these simple cleaning ingredients: baking soda and white vinegar.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 kettle of boiling water (You’ll be using this twice.)
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- 1 cup of cold or room-temperature water
- Start heating up a kettle full of water and bring it to a boil.
- While the kettle heats up, combine 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of cold or room-temperature water in something that’s easy to pour.
- Once the water in your kettle is boiling, pour it down the smelly drain. This will help loosen up substances like grease and soap scum.
- Immediately pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain. Don’t worry if some of it spills in the sink.
- Pour the water and white vinegar mixture down the drain. Use the mixture to wash down any baking soda that didn’t make it down the drain in the previous step.
- Let the mixture fizz for 10 minutes so that the bubbles can help loosen stinky debris in the drain. During this time, bring another kettle of water to a boil.
- Once 10 minutes have passed, pour the boiling water from the kettle down the drain to flush the last of the mixture away. All done!
Option 2: Snaking (or Cabling)
Sometimes when there’s a bad odor wafting up from a drain, it means that something smelly is clogging the pipe. A plunger may help loosen the blockage. If the clog is really stubborn, a plumber will use a drain snake (also called a plumber’s cable) to go down into the drain and dislodge whatever is blocking the pipe. Once the clog is removed, you should notice a significantly nicer smelling drain!
While manually-operated drain snakes are somewhat DIY-friendly, we strongly recommend against using a motorized model unless you’re a trained plumber. Otherwise, you could damage your pipes.
Need help tackling a tough clog? Our New Orleans plumbers are ready to assist! Contact Stuart Services at (888) 650-5655 for friendly, reliable drain cleaning!