When you think of bathroom stink, you probably don’t picture your sink. And while the toilet is culprit numero uno, mildew and must can make a bathroom sink smell super funky over time. If a regular cleaning of the sink doesn’t make the smell go away, the issue is probably in the drain.
Make your nasty sink smell fresh again with these five fixes:
Look under your stinky sink. See a curvy pipe? That’s called a p-trap, and we’d put money that’s why your sink stinks. To clean it out, first place a large plastic bucket under the p-trap to catch the gunk. Then, remove the two nuts that attach the p-trap to the sink or the wall. (You’ll need pliers for that.) Once it’s loose, clean the interior of the trap with a wire coat hanger. (This part is nasty.) Once it’s completely clean and gross-stuff-free, reattach the p-trap to the rest of the pipes, making sure each washer is properly sealed.
Sound like a pain? You can hire someone to do this for you! Visit Angie’s List to find a reputable plumber to clean your drain.
Bacteria loves warm, damp places, which means your bathroom sink drain is popular hangout. To kill the stinky bacteria, make the following DIY mix: ½ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of table salt. Turn on the faucet and pour the mixture slowly down the sink. As it flows, it will kill bacteria and scour the sides of the drain.
Sometimes, the overflow drain (that little hole in the back of your sink bowl) holds a little bit of water that will become stagnant and stink after a while, like one of those disgusting green ponds that monsters live in. To check out the situation, plug your drain and begin to fill your sink. When the water hits the overflow drain, do you smell a musty stink? Then you’ve found your problem. Fix it with some foaming pipe snake like Liquid Plumbr.
Sometimes, smells come from junk being stuck on the bottom of your drain stopper. The longer the junk has been there, the grosser it’ll be! This is a quick fix – just remove your drain stopper and run it through your dishwasher.
If all else fails, call in the big guns: professional plumbers. If you’ve tried everything and your sink still straight up stinks, the problem could be deeper into your pipes or in the faucet itself. We recommend hiring a plumber for a few hours to come out and make a professional diagnosis and fix.