Your DIY guide to stop your drains smelling bad. I go through five different methods to make your drains odour free from easy hacks to in-depth solutions.

If your drains smell bad then look no further, I will be going through different methods to stop your drains smelling bad, from DIY hacks to more advanced techniques, this blog has it all. Whether you’ve got a degree in plumbing or no clue what you’re doing, not to worry as this blog will explain it all.

Although this blog tells you how to fix your drain, before you jump straight into fixing the problem of your smelly drain, you may want to know why your drain smells as this can be extremely beneficial when choosing a solution that’s right for you.

Kitchen cupboard method

For this easy method, all you need to do is go into your kitchen cupboard and get the following ingredients:

  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • ¼ cup of salt
  • bottle of white vinegar

Baking soda has great neutralisation properties as it is an alkaline substance, meaning that when it is mixed with acetic acid such as white vinegar, the two react and act as great cleaning agents.

Once you have gathered your ingredients, pour boiling water down the drain to start with as this will help to loosen anything that is clogging the drain. Then, you’re going to pour the baking soda and salt over the drain, followed by the white vinegar until you start to see foam and bubbles. This chemical reaction means that it is working and the drain clog is starting to loosen.

After that, let this sit for 15 minutes while you boil the kettle for the next part. Pour the boiling water down the drain and finally, let the cold tap run for a bit to rinse everything away. After using this method, your drains should be good as new and odour free.

Bleach to the rescue

Everyone loves bleach, but it’s uses are not limited to cleaning the toilets! It can also be used to clean your drains as it eliminates almost every type of odour-causing bacteria which makes it the perfect tool to stop your drains smelling bad.

Firstly, fill the sink with hot water and add a cup of bleach, allowing them to mix together. Let the sink drain and repeat the process until the odour is gone. Lastly, let the tap run to ensure that all the bleach has gone down the drain. This method is good for a quick fix to have your drains smelling fresh again. However, it should not be used regularly as the bleach can stick to the pipes. Therefore, when using this method be aware of how much bleach you are using.

Just add water

If you can’t get your hands on any ingredients, not to worry as water can be just as good at cleaning your drains. A lot of the time, drains get clogged with grease and other debris from things like food or soap. Thankfully, water is great at removing these.

These three easy steps will have your drains cleared in no time and as  a result, having them smell good too. All you need to do is pour two litres of boiling water down the drain, followed by cold water five minutes later.    Repeat the boiling water step to remove the last part of the grease.

This method can easily be done on a regular basis, in order to make sure your drains are clear and keep on top of that pungent smell, for example when cooking with boiling water, pour it straight down the drain once you’re finished with it, then come back five minutes later and repeat the other steps mentioned above.

Plastic drain snake

If all else fails then you need to get your hands on a plastic drain snake. Although, this is probably not something you have lying around, if stinky drains are a recurring problem in your house then a plastic drain snake will be a good investment for you and they’re pretty simple to use. You can order multiple of these on amazon for a great price.

All you need to do is remove the drain plug and slowly feed the snake down the drain. Whilst holding the plastic handle, turn it slowly to allow the short, tough bristles to collect the dirt and debris that is stuck down your drain. After pulling the drain snake out, if there isn’t a lot of debris on it then repeat the process.

Although the results can be disgusting, it is a great method to use to  clean your drains thoroughly, thus stopping your drains smelling.

This video gives a more in-depth tutorial on how to use a drain snake.

Check water trap level

If your drains smell on a regular basis, then a good idea would be to check the trap water level. The water trap is used to prevent smells and bacteria coming back up the pipeline in your sink, however sometimes the water level can be low which causes an unpleasant smell in your drains.

To ensure that the water trap level is intact, pour about four cups of water into the drain and add a few tablespoons of oil. The oil helps to keep the trap sealed, meaning that the water won’t evaporate as quickly.

Doing this method three to four times a year ensures that you are keeping on top of your trap water level.

Now you know how to stop your drains smelling bad at home

Give one of these methods a try and see the great results for yourself. Whether you try one method or all of them, there will be one that works for you. Don’t forget to purchase a plastic snake drain if the smell is continuous.