Smelly Drains: What’s Causing Those Odors and How Can You Get Rid of Them?

Schedule Now

Smelly drains, whether in the kitchen or the bathroom, can make a whole room less pleasant to be in. When rinsing your drains isn’t enough to keep odors away, there are other steps you can take.

Destroy Odors Naturally

First remove the drain strainer and the plastic guard protecting the garbage disposal. Scrub both clean with soap and warm water. For mild odors, try pouring a cup of white vinegar down the drain and running the water until the smell disappears. Vinegar reduces odor-causing bacteria.

If vinegar doesn’t help, pour a cup of baking soda down the drain and let it work on the odors for around 20 minutes. To flush the baking soda away, bring a pan of water to a boil and pour the hot water straight down the drain. This cleans the drain, as well as the pipes connected to it.

Bring in the Commercial Cleaners

Sometimes natural cleaners alone aren’t enough to freshen up truly smelly drains. If vinegar and baking soda don’t help, try turning on the hot water and gradually pouring in a tablespoon or two of scented dish soap as the water runs.

If you suspect the odor is coming from the garbage disposal, pick up a commercial disposal cleaner and use it as directed. Doing this every two or three weeks should keep the disposal odor free.

Maintain Drains

Keep drains clean by always using a strainer or stopper to prevent food particles and hair from slipping clogging them up. Bits of food can quickly built up, spoil and produce unpleasant smells. Hair clogs, too, can be start to smell after a while.

After doing dishes, turn the tap on and run the garbage disposal for a minute or two to prevent food buildup. Dropping in a few peels from a lemon, orange or other citrus fruit every few weeks and running the disposal also helps keep the drain smelling fresh.

For help preventing smelly drains and keeping your plumbing in top condition, contact us at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing in the greater Cincinnati area.

Image via

"Ernie & Mike did a superb job on my new furnace and A/C installation. Despite having more than a day’s work to do, they came in and stayed until the job was done. They were organized, efficient, and protected the rest of the house well. Got both furnace and A/C installed the same day. Ernie was courteous, informative, and clearly knew his job better than anyone I’ve encountered before. The units look so good guests now get The Tour of our new system. Apollo is clearly not a fly-by-night company. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a new furnace and/or A/C."
- Jerry A.
"I called Apollo because of a water leak I thought I had in our upstairs shower going into the kitchen. Robbie came and assured me everything was fine & looked at all the other plumbing. He ended up changing a few pipes for our washer & clearing a drain. He was very nice & knowledgeable with all my questions. I ended up signing up for the care plan & was very happy with my service."
- Cassandra B.
"The team at Apollo exceeded my expectations. As a business owner, my attention to the details and commitment to providing excellent service is high. From the sales rep. to the installation team, everyone’s performance was outstanding. For example, the installation team went to great lengths to protect our floors, placing floor runners and across the wood floors and up the stairs. They even were spot washing walls upon their departure. I highly recommend this company."
- Randy B.
"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
- Sarah B.
"Apollo is an excellent company. I always receive great service. Alex A. was professional and friendly. He kept me informed during the process of checking my furnace and heat pump to make sure they were working properly. The company makes sure you are notified who is coming and when they are on the way. All my interactions with the company have been wonderful."
- Beverly S.



    Apollo Care Plan