The problem of unpleasant smell is common as for kitchen sink as for bathroom ones. Often the reason is hidden in some garbage, that clogged pipes and started to decompose there. Hence, the successful solution lies in a clog removal and using mixes aimed to overcome smells. Below you may find a couple of tips proposed by Excellent Plumbing, that may help you in your task.


Basically known from chemistry course, that soda dissolved in vinegar causes carbon dioxide emission. This mix is quite efficient in order to break not significant clogs and bring some freshness to the pipes. What is needed is:

  • Approximately 200-250 grams of baking soda;
  • Approximately 200-250 grams of vinegar.

To use it properly, please follow the next recommendations:

  • Pour out baking soda into the sink drain with unpleasant smell;
  • Pour out vinegar into the same sink;
  • Wait for 15-20 minutes, while reaction will start and sizzling will appear;
  • Use hot water for flushing.



This method is similar to the previous one and requires to mix 1 or 2 cups of ice with 3 tablespoons of borax.

Firstly, it is required to put borax into the sink drain with an unpleasant smell.

Then ice should be placed to the same sink drain

The only difference with the previous method is not to flush, but to start the garbage disposal process for ten seconds.



Borax from the previous method can be easily replaced by salt. Actually, the proportion is the same – 1 cup of salt and 1 or 2 cups of ice. Mix them in the same order (firstly salt, then ice) directly in the smelling sink. The garbage disposal process is also required for ten seconds.


Ice should be prepared in the usual amount of 1-2 cups.

One lemon is needed for this procedure. It should be without peel and cut for 2 halves.

The procedure is also known from previous tips: firstly, lemons should be sent to smelling sink drain, then they should be covered by lemon. Finally, a garbage disposal should mix them inside.

We know, how stinky kitchen or any other sink can annoy and upset, so hope these simple methods with the usage of improvised ingredients will help to overcome the smell, so no harmful chemicals shouldn’t be applied for. Additionally, as you may notice the key to avoid bad smells is keeping garbage disposal systems in good condition and check nothing have been clogged there.

In case these measures didn’t help, you still have problems with smell or slow drain, the issue may be not in a minor clog. The better decision is to call Excellent Plumbing, so we can find the reason and overcome it quickly.

We are ready to help in this and other services. Just contact us 847-868-1800 and save your time and money with us!

Sometimes it happens, when drain clogging suddenly appears. If the problem will not be removed immediately, it can cause lots of problems. For example, sinks or bath, or shower, or toilet will be unavailable for usage. Additionally, chronical clog may appear, so the risk of water leaking and even floods becomes rather probable. As the result, homeowner may spend lots of time and money for restoration from the water damage and repair works.

One of the simple ways to remove clog is to apply ready chemical mix that is available in any market directly to clogged drain. Although sometimes you need to act fast, while you do not have this mix at home. Another reason to find alternative option is toxicity of chemicals offered by markets and damage that they can cause to you pipes.

Excellent Plumbing offers simple, cheap and effective alternative, that may be prepared at home with things you may have. Such method will not only save you pipes, but prevent chemicals going into the environment and leading to pollution.

So prepare next ingredients:

  • Baking soda – half of a cup;
  • Vinegar – full cup;
  • Hot water.

Steps to be performed:

  • Take off the stopper from the drain;
  • Pour off soda directly into the drain and add vinegar to it;
  • Give this mix 10 minutes to process with clog;
  • Flush the hot water;
  • Return stopper at its place.

In case drain wasn’t maintained for a while, and clog appeared is rather big, the procedure should be repeated for couple of times. In case it didn’t help it may evidence more serious problem, so professional help can be required. You can always contact Excellent Plumbing for consulting, problem identification, cleaning and other plumbing services.

We are ready to help in this and other services. Just contact us 847-868-1800 and save your time and money with us!

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