When you walk into the kitchen or bathroom and are stunned by an unpleasant odor, chances are it is coming from your sink drain. Kitchen sinks drains and garbage disposals can experience a build-up of grease and food that can start to rot. That can result in one stinky sink. Bathroom sinks can also get clogged with hair, makeup residue, and toothpaste.

We have a few recommendations you can try for a stinky sink fix before you pour a bottle of harsh chemicals down the drain or call a professional plumber. If the trap in the drain is truly clogged and nothing works, our professionals can address the plumbing with the appropriate tools to remedy the stinky sink. Try these steps first.

Water and Dish Soap

This works best for a garbage disposal issue. Place the stopper in the drain. Fill the sink halfway with hot water. Add about a tablespoon of dish soap. Turn on the disposal and remove the drain stopper, allowing the hot, soapy water to run through the disposal to clean it out.

Boiled Water

While it might sound simple, very hot water can dissolve or melt grease so that it begins to flow through the trap. Just fill a tea kettle or small pot with water, bring it to a boil, and pour it down the drain.

If you are one who cleans your coffee maker with water and white vinegar, this works really well. Just fill the reservoir of the coffee maker with 1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar and turn it on. The water and vinegar that is collected in the carafe can be poured right down the drain while still hot. Repeat the process with just plain water 2 or 3 more times to clean both the coffee maker and the sink drain.

Baking Soda, Vinegar, and Hot Water

We are fans of this old school stinky sink fix. This is especially great for bathroom sinks and tubs. You can find all the ingredients in your supermarket at very little cost.

Pour 1/2 cup of simple baking soda down the drain. Follow that with 1/2 to 1 cup of distilled white vinegar. You will notice that it bubbles up like a mini volcano. Allow the bubbly mixture to sit for at least 30 minutes to allow the vinegar and soda to work through some of the particles.

After 30 minutes, pour boiled water down the drain. Or, run the hot water for several minutes. This is a safe, preventive measure that you can perform every month or so to keep things moving and odors at bay.

Variations: Some recipes call for adding 1/2 cup of table salt to the mix. Others recommend adding the juice of two lemons. Or, you can add a few drops of an essential oil, such as orange or peppermint to deodorize and sanitize the drain.


A stinky sink can be extremely annoying. But, there isn’t usually a need for alarm. Before you give us a call, try these simple home remedies. You can try them a couple of times for stubborn odors. If these don’t work, you might need to have the drain professionally snaked or have the trap and/or disposal temporarily removed to get at the root of the problem. Contact American Freedom Plumbing for your Acworth plumbing services and repairs.







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