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.
- Baking Soda
- Essential Oil Scent of Your Choice
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.
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.
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?
Kim Anderson is the organized chaos loving author behind the Thrifty Little Mom Blog. She helps other people who thrive in organized chaos to stress less, remember more and feel in control of their time, money, and home. Kim is the author of: Live, Save, Spend, Repeat: The Life You Want with the Money You Have. She’s been featured on Time.com, Money.com, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Day, and more!