Sack A Stinky Sink With These Hacks

August 5, 2019

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You tend to blame the garbage can for a smelly kitchen or bathroom but many times it's the sink that is guilty of causing a foul stench. So here are some simply DIY hacks to rid the stink from your sink! Soak your sink.  Many times dirt and grime from food, beauty products and toothpaste can become attached to the sink basin.  So insert a sink stopper into the sink drain, and fill the basin halfway with hot water and one teaspoon of dish soap. Use a gloved hand to swirl the contents of the basin until the soap has dissolved in the water, then let the solution dwell in the basin for 10 minutes to help loosen the residue.  Remove the sink stopper and let it drain,. If your kitchen sink has a garbage disposal, turn it on to help flush the soapy water around the inside of your sink. If you’re fortunate enough to have a garbage disposal that means you also have something called a “sink flange,” which may also be the source of the bad smell. To clean it, either unplug the garbage disposal at the wall outlet or cut the power from the breaker box. Then put a little liquid dish on a brush with a handle or dish wand, wet it, then stick it down the sink, scrub the top of the sink flange, then run cold water for 30 seconds. Now make a sink deodorizer using two lemons, salt, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar and a pot of boiling water. Cut the lemons in half as if you were going to juice them. Sprinkle each half with salt. Now use your salted lemon halves to scrub the bottom and sides of the sink basin. Rinse the basin with warm water and then pour the baking soda into your stinky sink drain. Add the vinegar. When the baking soda and vinegar are combined, the resulting chemical reaction will cause the solution to fizz, so be prepared for that. While that fizzing is happening, bring your pot of water to a boil and wait for the fizzing solution to settle down. Slowly pour the boiling water down your drain. The temperature can help kill any remaining microorganisms that may be causing the smell coming from your sink. If none of this works and you think the smell is caused by a bigger problem, you may want to contact a professional plumber to take a look at your sink, drain and/or garbage disposal to see what’s going on.

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SOURCE: Lifehacker

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