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How to Clean & Disinfect Your Kitchen Drain


When someone enters your kitchen, you want to hear: “Wow, whatever it is you’re making smells delicious”.  What you don’t want to hear is: “Eww, what’s that stench?”

If you’ve recently heard the latter and are none too pleased about it, you could have a “fragrance” problem with your kitchen sink drain. We’re here to help you get rid of it and make sure it doesn’t re-appear, especially whilst demonstrating your gourmet cooking skills.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is naturally acidic which makes it a natural disinfectant. Cut a lemon in half and put some salt or baking soda on it to enhance its cleaning and deodorizing effects. When you’re done cleaning, cut up the lemon and run it through the garbage disposal. Not only will your kitchen sink drain smell fresh and lemony, it also will be disinfected.


Vinegar is another eco-friendly acidic disinfectant and deodorizer. Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar in the sink drain followed by running your hot water faucet for at least one minute. Your drain won’t smell like vinegar, but will be fresh, disinfected and deodorized.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a natural deodorizer. So, put a couple teaspoons of baking soda in your kitchen drain at least once a week to deodorize it. Pouring in vinegar after the baking soda will create a foaming action that will make the combination even more effective as a deodorizer while helping to break up any clogs in the making. Let that mixture sit for about 5 minutes and then thoroughly flush with hot running water.

Good Ol’ Reliable Hot Water

The stinky scent in your drain is most likely caused by bacteria, and hot water can go a long way toward flushing the bacteria away. For best results, bring water to a boil in a small saucepan before pouring it down the drain. But, for your own protection, wear oven mitts in case any of the hot water splashes back in your direction.

You know what else can happen to a drain – kitchen, bathroom, or anywhere else in your home? It can clog up badly, with or without the attendant stench. Whenever that happens, pick up the phone and call Connor Plumbing…or contact us by email. There’s no drain issue we can’t handle. Plus, we guarantee your satisfaction.

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