WFMW – backwards edition


Well, I’m sure we’re all familiar with Works for me Wednesday…but this is the edition where I ask you a question and you do your best to help me out.

Here’s my problem. My kitchen sink stinks. Yup, you heard me, I have a stinky sink and I am admitting it to people I know and don’t know. It smells like dirt or moldy or grossness got in my drain and it bugs me every single day and I can’t figure out a way to kill whatever smell got down there. ew.

So, if you have any suggestions on how to make a sink NOT stink, I would appreciate it greatly. Thank you.

Stop judging me.




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29 responses to “WFMW – backwards edition

  1. When my sink starts to stink this is what I do:

    First pour about 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then pour about 1 cup of salt down too. Then pour a lot of vinegar down. It will bubble a lot (this is my 9yo son’s favorite science experiment) After the bubbling dies down I usually pour a little more vinegar down to see if it will bubble more (It’s kind of fun to see all the bubbling) Then pour down a lot of boiling water. this should clean out all the stinky gunk down there. If it is still a little stinky you might want to repeat the process. I try to do this about once a month. It is also a great way to use up the baking soda from your fridge and freezer when you replace the boxes. Hope this helps!

  2. I agree with Momala’s baking soda vinegar tip- both work great for deodorizing and washing away “build up”.

    Another thing I do to keep my sink smelling fresh is to grind lemon or orange peels in the garbage disposal… of course, this only works IF you have a garbage disposal! If you don’t, try squeezing some fresh lemon juice down the drain.

    (If you do have a garbage disposal, try to avoid processing meats or other food items that might “rot” and cause a bad smell.)

    To sanitize and freshen up your sink, make a simple solution of water and a few drops of grapefruit seed extract (available at the health store)… spray your sink (and even pour a little down the drain) and counter areas with this solution and it will leave a fresh scent, as well as kill off any mold or residue that may be causing the offensive odors.

    And don’t worry… we’ve all dealt with stinky kitchen sinks before!

    ~Kristy @ Homemaker’s Cottage

  3. Vinegar and baking soda is always good. Also, lemon juice, about once a month, to keep it fresh!

  4. I just had a garbage disposal installed. The plumber showed me the pipe. YUCK!! It was full of really gross stiff. It wasn’t completely clogged but it was nasty.

    The advise above comment might work. If not
    try Drano or Liquid Plumber to get rid of something stuck on the pipe walls deeper down.

  5. Amy

    Vinegar and baking soda get my vote, too.

    I also run a bit of bleach through once a month. This came from the Rotorooter guy we had come out to clear the pipes in our old house– he said a little bleach once a month is a big help in clearing out gunk that clings inside the pipes.

  6. And if you don’t have vinegar on hand, hydrogen peroxide should work too!

    Oh, and always put your citrus peel down the disposal w/ ice to freshen it up. (Assuming you have a disposal)

    Good question! It took me forever to get an answer to this a few years ago.

  7. Yup, vinegar and baking soda always works for me!

  8. Bleach. Pour it down the drain once a week or so and it will kill whatever is growing down there to stink. Another thing you can do is take out the rubber thingy at the top of the garbage disposal and clean off the slimy funk on the bottom side. That stuff can really stink up the place. I do recommend wearing gloves for that one.

  9. I vote for vinegar and baking soda, followed by a boiling water chaser. (Then plug the sink so the bubbles go DOWN not UP.)

    I also vote for the infrequent bleach. When I lived in Hawaii I poured a little bleach into the drain every night to keep the roaches from coming up the drain. It was something to local ladies taught me. If bleach creeps you out then try vinegar every day to de-gross and acidify it a little.

  10. wearethatfamily

    I take whatever fruit peels I have -lemon, oranges-and grind them in the disposal-it helps!

  11. You may need to have your hubby clean out the pipes for you and then work on preventative measures. I don’t judge you – my sink stinks too! 🙂

    I got drain traps to keep food from going down and that seems to help a lot.

  12. Anne

    That’s disgusting. What kind of a person would let their sink get like that?

    • Sam

      my Lord lady….
      don’t be so have no idea what the mitigating cause is….none
      as well it just may NOT be the sink but the drain

  13. Anne


    So totally kidding.

  14. yestheyareallmine

    The baking soda and vinegar works fantastic but so does borax. It is a mineral. Just dust it into your drains and let it set for about 15 minutes then rinse it down. HTH

  15. Well,ever thought of just buying a new sink? 🙂

    When my sink stinks I will now know what to do. I guess we are one of the very few out there who didn’t know the baking soda, vinegar, salt secret. How did they not cover that in Home Economics!?!

  16. I vote for Baking Soda and vinegar too. I also love using essential oils (found at local health food store). Every once in a while I drip a few drops down the sink. My favorite scents are lemon, grapefruit and lavender for the kitchen.

  17. If you have a garbage disposal, put lemon slices in,and turn it on. If not, I would try lots of bleach down the drain. Good luck!

  18. PS. Make sure you don’t have a leak underneath that is causing mildew to grow.

  19. tom

    take off the black rubber stopper under your sink strainer and clean it. it comes off easy, it was my problem

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