Get the Stink Out Of Your Kitchen Sink

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Getting the stink out of your kitchen sink the easy way

The house is perfectly quiet.  Everyone is fed.  The kid is in bed.  I make my way to the kitchen for a quick glass of water.  As I open the cabinet, I realize all I have left to choose from are 3 misfit sippy cups missing their leak proof guaranteed lids.

With a deep, fatigued sigh, I turn to face the music.  My sink is full and overflowing with every dish in the house.  It is time to deal with this monstrosity I’ve avoided for the past 2 days.

As I begin to tackle the stack, a strange odor surfaces.  It smells as if something, possibly a small animal, and has gone down in there and died.  It doesn’t seem to matter how many suds go down in that black hole.  The smell keeps emanating.  There’s just one cure.  The baking soda and vinegar one-two punch.

If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, here’s a inexpensive way to get the stink out of your kitchen sink.  It uses a few simple ingredients that you probably already have around your house.

Supplies:Get the stink out of your sink supplies
  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Essential Oil Scent of Your Choice


Step 1:

Start by cleaning out the reachable areas of your drain with a brush or towel.Get the stink out of your sink baking soda

Step 2:

Sprinkle the drain hole with several tablespoons of baking soda.  I let this rest a few minutes.  I add a few drops of essential oils to the baking soda.

Get the stink out of your sink baking soda dumpStep 3:

Pour white vinegar into the drain, on top of the baking soda, until it starts to bubble up.  I let it bubble up and clear out.  If there is more baking soda left in the drain, I pour a little more vinegar in and let it bubble.  I repeat this cycle until all the baking soda in the drain disappears.Get the stink out of your sink vinegar

Step 4:

I then run hot tap water down the drain after all the bubbling stops to give a good cleaning.get the stink out of your sink water


If round 1 doesn’t get the stink out of your sink, try it again.  Depending on what has gotten down in there it may take a few cleansings to get rid of the smell.  Ultimately this system works for me and it’s fast and simple.  I hope this advice helps you to get the stink out of your kitchen sink the next time you need it!

What kinds of things do you do to tackle odors around your home?


Need to get the stink out of your kitchen sink. Sometimes stuff goes down the drain and leaves a terrible odor behind

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  1. Love your ideas going to try them. Like adding lemon to the mix. Thanks

  2. All well and good, but….? At least once a week, I “dismantle” my stainless steel sink drain stopper (the drop-down basket) and give it a good scrubbing inside and out…paying special attention to the black rubber cup-like gasket plug on the bottom of the drain plug basket. Remove this gasket/plug by pulling it off of the center rod and scrubbing the inside with a stiff brush. I keep an old toothbrush under the sink for this purpose. (Note: The first time I did this cleaning procedure, I was shocked and horrified at the ugly, slimy, nastiness that had accumulated inside that black rubber cup attached to the bottom of that drain plug basket. It was scary to imagine the germs and bacteria that were breeding in there. NO WONDER THE SINK DRAIN SMELLED SO GROSS!!)

    Reassemble the drain plug basket and replace in the sink. Guaranteed, this will help maintain a clean and sanitary kitchen sink, minus the gross odor.

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