What’s That Smell? How To Get Rid Of Sewer Gas Odor In The Kitchen

I recently moved into my new rental apartment and after days of intense cleaning, my new place was sparkling and clean. However, there was a bad sewage drain odor coming from the kitchen! Stunning! Is it possible to live here with such an awful smell? No way!

I took a deep breath of fresh air and started thinking of a solution to eliminate the bad sewage odor. Despite trying all sorts of powders and liquids to unclog the drains, the smell continued. The water flowed perfectly, so there was no clog in the drain, but the smell was overwhelming! I found the perfect way to get rid of the bad sewage odor coming from the kitchen drain by using some mundane household items.

But what causes that sewer odor?

  • sewer back-up

  • leaks from rotted or cracked drain pipes

  • a clogged drain

  • loose-fitting pipe connections

  • a stopped-up or too-short vent pipe

  • toilet’s wax ring is old

  • a dry trap

🛒 So, grab the following supplies to kill the sewer odor:

◾ baking soda

◾ vinegar

◾ 1 gallon of hot water

◾ bleach

◾ 4 ounces of mineral oil

♨ Steps to follow:

  1. Pour 1/4 cup baking soda into the drain.

  2. Follow with one cup of white vinegar.

  3. Let that sit for two hours with the kitchen door closed.

  4. Slowly pour a gallon of hot water down the drain.

  5. After fifteen minutes, run cold water for ten minutes to thoroughly rinse the vinegar. This step is very important, so don’t skip it.

  6. Pour 1/2 cup chlorine bleach into the drain and let it sit for another two hours with the kitchen door closed.

  7. Slowly pour another gallon of warm water down the drain.

  8. Run cool water for ten minutes.

  9. Lastly, pour four ounces of mineral oil (cooking oil will also work) down the drain. As the oil floats on the water, evaporation is slowed.

Optional: Use a screwdriver to remove the trap if you want to replace it. You can also remove the trap to clean it out.

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