If you have noticed your kitchen sink's drain has started to smell funky, you may wonder if there is a cheap drain cleaner you can use to eliminate the odors and freshen it up. Make the following homemade drain cleaner using ingredients you may already have or can easily find in a grocery store.
What You Will Need
Before making your odor-neutralizing drain cleaner, you will need to gather the following supplies.
- One cup of baking soda
- One cup of white distilled vinegar
- One-quarter of a cup of lemon juice
- Six cups of boiling water
The baking soda absorbs the odors and serves as a base to neutralize acids caused by stuck-on food. When the vinegar is added, the foaming action further removes food debris.
The lemon juice not only provides a pleasant smell, but the citric acid penetrates and breaks down food below the surface. You can use the juice from four freshly squeezed lemons or used bottled lemon juice. Since the effect is the same, the bottled juice does provide a faster and more convenient method.
If you do not care for the smell of lemons or prefer the smell of oranges, the juice squeezed from three medium-sized oranges can be substituted. However, do not use orange juice from a carton. It is diluted with water and contains sugars that may gum up your pipes even more.
After getting your supplies together, follow the directions below to clean and freshen your drain.
- Pour two cups of water down the drain. The heat and moisture help soften any hardened food particles.
- Slowly pour the baking soda down the drain. Allow it to remain for 15 minutes to give it time to work.
- Add the lemon or orange juice to the drain and place the stopper. Let the juice work for 30 minutes before proceeding.
- Remove the stopper and pour in the vinegar.
- Quickly replace the stopper to prevent the foam from leaking out. Let the mixture work for 10 minutes.
- Remove the stopper and slowly pour the remaining four cups of boiling water down the drain.
- Run cold water for two minutes to fully rinse them.
If you still detect a foul, sewage-type odor after using the above cleaner, you may want to contact a plumber. They can inspect your sewage line and either recommend a cheap, industrial strength drain cleaner or make any repairs if the line has been damaged.