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11/08/2014 07:00 am ET Updated Nov 05, 2015

Nope, That Smell Is Not Your Garbage... It's Your Kitchen Sink

Your kitchen seems smelly, so you take out the trash. You close the fridge. You spray air freshener, and you bake some cookies. But nothing improves.

Ever thought to peek down your sink?

The kitchen sink's garbage disposal chops up food and washes away crumbs, but it can also collect bits of debris that linger, harboring bacteria and producing a fouler-than-foul scent.

For this reason, it's important to give your sink a clean-out every week, whether you have a garbage disposal or not. Follow these easy steps (if you don't have a disposal, skip the last two), and your nose will thank you.

  1. Pour one cup baking soda and one cup white vinegar down the disposal. Let the mixture bubble for up to 10 minutes.
  2. Boil a kettle or pot of hot water. Pour water down the drain to flush out the baking soda and vinegar mixture.
  3. If you have a garbage disposal, fill the drain with two cups of ice and one cup salt. Turn on cold water, and run the disposal until the ice is gone. This will get gunk off the blades.
  4. For extra deodorizing power, peel an orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit, and drop the rinds down the disposal one piece at a time. Unplug nostrils, and allow pleasant, kitchen-y scent to fill your mind with glee.
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