If you're throwing a party, you want everything to be perfect. Unfortunately, the guests are about to arrive and you're noticing foul odors coming up through the drain pipes. You don't have time to have your drains professionally cleaned. That doesn't mean you have to deal with drain odors during your party. Here are three quick tips that will help you get rid of the odors before your guests arrive.
Reach for the Bleach
This technique will remove the odors and clear out the bacteria and debris that's causing the odors. Bring a gallon of water to boil and pour it down your drains. Next, pour 1 cup of bleach down each of the drains. Wait about 15 minutes and flush the drains with cold water. Your drains will be clean and fresh for your guests. To keep your drains clean, repeat the process once a month.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
If you don't like the smell of bleach, you can reach for the baking soda and vinegar. This homemade drain cleaner will get rid of the bacteria in your drains and leave them smelling fresh.
Supplies You'll Need
- 1 cup each of baking soda and vinegar per drain to be cleaned
- ¼ cup of lemon juice per drain
- Pour your baking soda into the drain and leave it for about 15 minutes.
- Add your vinegar and wait for the foaming to begin.
- Allow the foam to remain in the drains for about 10 minutes.
- Flush the drain with hot water and add the lemon juice.
Ice Cubes and Lemon Juice
If the odors are coming from the garbage disposal, there could be bacteria and debris stuck to the disposal blades. You can't reach inside and scrub the blades, but you can still get them clean. Pour 1 cup of crushed ice and ¼ cup of lemon juice down the disposal side of your sink. Turn your garbage disposal on and allow it to run for several seconds. Flush the drain with hot water. The crushed ice will clean your disposal and the lemon juice will sanitize your drains. To keep your garbage disposal clean, repeat the process once a week.
To keep your drains cleaned and flowing smoothly, you should have your drains professionally cleaned (by companies like Roto-Rooter) twice a year. If you notice foul odors between your professional cleanings, use the simple tricks described above to get rid of them fast.