There is nothing I like more than a sparkling kitchen sink. Whenever, I have a few extra minutes, I love to give the old stainless steel a good scrubbing. No matter how tidy a kitchen can be, a less than pristine sink can really do a number on your image as the perfect housewife (and isn't that what we all aspire too??-you can laugh at any time now!)
A while back as I was giving the sink a polishing, I noticed a less than pleasant odour coming from my sink (the look on June Cleaver's face says it all!). Thinking that maybe I had missed something, I started to go over the sink again ....and again....and again. I had scrubbed, rinsed and sniffed three times and that stubborn odor was still there. As I stuck my head and sniffer further and further into the sink, I realized that the smell was coming from deep in the drain. A moment of relief (it wasn't my cleaning skills that were waning) was shortlived when I realized that whatever it was that was causing the smell was beyond my arms reach.
What does one do in this situation??? I was briefly at a loss, starting to ponder taking apart the pipes underneath the sink when I heard the pesky voice inside my head-go to your books young lady. My vintage home economics books had never failed me in the past and they didn't fail me this time either!
image courtesy of Arm and Hammer
The solution to a stinky sink was a simple one. A combination of half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar (which created a mini science experiment of sorts) is the trick to pleasantly smelling pipes. I learned that the smell was probably coming from little food particles that had made a home in the pipes. (My husband is notorious for not thoroughly scraping food from the plates as well as he should, so I could see how those little critters found their home).
To deordorize your drains (and garbage disposals as well) sprinkle the baking soda (one of my favourite cleaning products) liberally over the drain opening and then follow with pouring the white vinegar over the baking soda and watch the bubbles eat away at whatever is hiding in your pipes. Cover the drain and let it do its work for at least 15 minutes. Then flush drain with some hot water ( at least six cups) and whatever junky stuff was in there, will be swept away. I do this at least once a month to keep all my drains smell and clog-free (works on bathroom and tub drains as well, the concoction breaks down hair caught in the drain).
The baking soda alone will work to deordorize and neutralize any acidic or other basic odors but when you add the vinegar (another one of my favourites!), this environmentally friendly combination breaks down fatty acids into a soapy sludge which just washes down the drain.