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CanadianJohn Tue 15-Sep-15 01:58:27

My wife is away for a month, and I've got a housekeeping question. The kitchen sink drain and garbage disposal are smelling yucky, no matter how much hot soapy water I run down the drain.

How do I deodorise the drain and garbage disposal?

RedNailPolish101 Tue 15-Sep-15 02:02:18

Thin bleach, shove a big bottle of it down that plug hole

MrsBosh Tue 15-Sep-15 10:50:41

I've done thin bleach whick worked OK.

My mum always uses soda crystals for hers. You shove a load of crystals onto the plughole, leave them for a bit then pop a kettle of boiling water over the top.

Most UK houses don't have garbage disposals, so I'm afraid I can't help you with that one!

Good luck smile

flanjabelle Tue 15-Sep-15 10:52:05

I use a squirt of thick bleach, then follow with an entire kettle of boiling water. Gets rid of all nasty smells and dissolves any fat residues.

howabout Tue 15-Sep-15 10:54:11

When I had a waste disposal, which I greatly miss, it had its own ecosystem. Bleach destroys this. However coffee grounds are great for deodorising.

PigletJohn Tue 15-Sep-15 11:06:33

have you perhaps put cooking oil or fat down the drain?

washing soda crystals are ideal for keeping drains fresh. Spoon some into the waste, and some into the overflow in the evening, and moisten slightly with boiling water, without washing it away. In the morning, pour more boiling water down. It will break up food residue and grease deposits. Sometimes people forget about the overflow.

Nottalotta Tue 15-Sep-15 12:21:33

Caustic soda. Put some in a 1/4 bucket of water, stand back, don't breathe it in or get it on you. Once it stops reacting, carefully pour down the sink. Rinse well.

Important to add soda to water, not the other way round. Wear gloves/goggles.

EarSlaps Sat 19-Sep-15 07:56:24

Another vote for soda crystals- cheap and very effective. Afterwards a cap of zoflora down there will kill germs and make it smell fresh.

Check the drains outside- we had a smell from our drains and it turned out our drains were clogged with food and fat- yuck. And I am very careful about scraping plates, not pouring fat down the drain etc.

I also use the eco stick enzymatic drain sticks and they seem to help. I do wonder if a big spoonful of bio washing powder and a bit of water left overnight would do a similar job of breaking down fats etc.

QuiteLikely5 Sat 19-Sep-15 08:01:11

Just remember to not run the tap for a while or do it before bed and leave overnight

Ninacarter77 Sun 20-Sep-15 10:43:09

Scoop of soda crystals or washing powder down both followed by kettle full of boiling water.

Clear drain and no smell.


penguinsarecool Sun 20-Sep-15 10:46:08

Another vote for caustic soda. Will unblock anything down there. Rinse. Then squirt thick bleach to disinfect and odour causing germs.

horsewalksintoabar Sun 20-Sep-15 10:50:48

Bicarbonate of soda and distilled vinegar.
Let it brew in there.
Full kettle of boiling water.


Bleach followed by boiling water

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 25-Sep-15 18:17:10

Zoflora in springtime scent.

CanadianJohn Sun 27-Sep-15 06:07:22

Thanks for your suggestions. I checked the instruction manual for the garbage disposal, but it just said the system was self cleaning. My wife said to pour some baking soda down the drain, and leave it overnight.

Worked like a charm.

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