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Cleaning Smelly Drains Solution

4 June

Do you suffer from smelly drains? Like something has croaked? When you think about the food, dirt, and hair that got stuck, of course, you’ll get a smelly drain. This is a perfect time to unclog your pipes. There could be bacteria and gunk buildup in your blocked drains. True, plumbing maintenance is highly recommended, and you’ll need plumbing services every now and then, but believe it or not, unclogging your pipes and giving your blocked drains a proper clean today — it’ll save you from a lot of spending and headache in the future.

Here Are 3 Reasons Why You Have Smelly Drains

Drain Trap

Nothing prevents sewer smell from coming to your home without a drain trap installed in your sink or bathtub.


Never pour grease down your drain. If it gets stuck down your drain, your will end up with a smell drain.

Food Scraps

When left to rot, unconsumed food will cause moulds and your kitchen drain to stink.

3 Organic Ingredients You Can Use To Clean Smelly Drains

Hot Water

Using this for unclogging your drains will help dissolve your congested pipes and solve your smelly drain.


Its acidic nature can help soften grease, grime and other wastes. It also kills bacteria.

Citrus Peels

Its sweet scent can cut through the foul smell. And like vinegar, it can also suppress the growth of bacteria.

Now, on to the actual smelly drain cleaner!

Here is a straightforward recipe for an environmentally friendly solution to cleaning smelly drains and minor blockages. So before you rush out and buy a commercial drain cleaning product and the harsh chemicals that come with it, try this first!

Baking soda and vinegar are natural, non-toxic ingredients. While unclogging drains, they pose no health dangers. They are preferable to the sodium hydroxide, commonly known as lye, found in most drain cleaners.

Combining baking soda (base) and vinegar (acid) can form carbon dioxide and sodium acetate. This presents as the bubbles scrubbing the drain’s insides. These natural, non-toxic ingredients get flushed further down, ensuring a clog-free drain.

Check the ingredients below and follow the application.


  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup white vinegar


  1. Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, making sure that it makes it down the drain.
  2. Pour 2 cups of boiling water down the drain. The baking soda mixed with boiling water will dissolve the sludge and gunk in the pipe.
  3. After a few minutes, pour the second cup of baking soda, add 1 cup of white vinegar and plug the drain immediately. There will be foaming and bubbles, and you will hear some sizzling from the drain.
  4. When things get calmer, add the remaining boiling water down the drain.
  5. Repeat this process if necessary.

This should help with smelly drains and even minor blockages.

If your environmentally friendly solution to clean smelly drains doesn’t stop the smell, or you’ve noticed most of your drains with sewer odours, then the problem is likely a damaged sewer line.

The sewer line takes the wastewater from your home to the local sewer system or a septic tank. If the sewer pipe becomes blocked or sustains damage from corrosion, tree roots, ground shifting, or construction, it will start to back up sewage into your pipes and eventually into your smelly drain.

This is an urgent concern. Act on it immediately, or sewage will start to seep into the basement and cause severe damage to your structure’s foundation. You will need a professional plumber to perform a sewer pipe repair or replacement.

For a more severe blocked drain, read our post on unblock a drain for more DIY tips, or contact us about your other plumbing problems and our drain unblocking services for Gold Coast residents.