Sluggish Drains And Foul Odors Causing Problems? Try An Ounce Of Prevention

Posted on: 7 May 2015

When it comes to your kitchen sink, an ounce of prevention may just save you a lot of time and money. You don't want to deal with clogs, slow drains or foul odors on a regular basis. Not only is it frustrating, it can start costing you quite a bit of money to take care of the constant plumbing problems.

You don't have to expend a great deal of energy to keep your kitchen drains flowing smoothly. However, the energy you do expend will save you a lot of frustration. Here are some quick tips to keep your drains flowing smoothly and the foul odors at bay.

Slow Flowing Drains

Every time you wash something down the drain, small particles attach themselves to the sides of your kitchen drains. After a while, the drain opening becomes so clogged with grease, food and other debris, that your kitchen sink starts draining slowly. You might even notice more frequent clogs in the drain. Here's an easy way to keep your drains clean.

Supplies You'll Need

  • 1 cup of baking soda

  • 1 cup of vinegar

  • 1 gallon of boiling water

  • Drain cap


  1. Pour the baking soda down the drain and let it sit for about 10 minutes.

  2. Slowly pour your vinegar into the drain.

  3. The baking soda will begin foaming up through the drain.

  4. Place the cap over the drain to allow the foam to remain inside the drain.

  5. Allow the solution to foam in the drains for about 15 minutes.

  6. Remove the drain cap and carefully pour the boiling water down the drain.

  7. Repeat the process once a month to keep your kitchen drains clean.

Dirty Garbage Disposals

If you're smelling foul odors from the kitchen drains, you may have dirty garbage disposal. Small particles of food can get stuck under the blades and start rotting. Once the food starts rotting, you'll notice foul odors. Here's a safe and effective way to keep your garbage disposal clean.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Lemon or orange

  • Crushed ice


  1. Use a knife to cut your lemon or orange into small chunks or slices.

  2. Carefully place the fruit pieces inside the garbage disposal.

  3. Add 1 cup of crushed ice.

  4. Turn the garbage disposal on and allow it to run as you normally would.

  5. The ice will clean and sharpen the disposal blades, while the fruit freshens the smell.

Slow flowing drains and dirty garbage disposals can be a real problem. If you have sluggish drains or foul odors in your kitchen, you might be able to avoid the plumber. Try these simple tricks to clear the drains and remove the odors. If these tips don't help, call a company like A Absolute Plumbing & Heating.