If your kitchen has become dirtier than normal, and there is an odor in the kitchen sink that you can't get rid of, follow the tips below to get everything shiny and odor free again.
Shine Up The Countertop
Over time, grease and dirt can build up on a kitchen countertop, and it may be difficult to get it completely clean. Using baking soda and vinegar will generally not harm countertops, and together these products clean grease and dirt very well. Before you do anything, contact the manufacturer on the best way to clean the type of counter you have, and also to be sure these products will not harm it.
Fill up a spray bottle half full with white distilled vinegar and water. Spray this mixture all over your countertops, let it sit for a few minutes, and then use a damp cloth to wipe the countertop down. Pour a box of baking soda into a mixing bowl, and add enough water to it until it forms a paste. Wipe this paste all over the countertop and let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe the countertop off with a damp cloth.
If your countertop has difficult grease stains, use trisodium phosphate to clean it. Follow the directions on the packaging. You can purchase this at most home supply stores. It is a heavy duty cleaner that has no toxic chemicals that you may want to avoid.
Clean the Kitchen Drain
If you have a smell in your kitchen sink, it is likely coming from the drain. You can also use baking soda and vinegar to get it clean. Before you start, boil a pot of water on your stove, and then carefully pour the water down the drain to loosen everything up. Next, pour an entire box of baking soda into the drain, and let it sit for a few minutes. Boil some more water, and add about half a small bottle of vinegar to it while it is boiling. Pour this mixture down the drain. When you are all finished, just for good measure, boil another pot of plain water, and pour it down the drain again.
If you continue smelling the smell, and you have also noticed problems with your water draining properly, you may have sludge further down into the drain causing a clog. In a case like this, you should call your plumber to remove the clog for you. They do this using an auger, also known as a snake, to push down the drain and release the clog.
To keep your drain smelling fresh, use the baking soda and vinegar procedure above every few months. If you're looking for a plumber that specializes in drain cleaning, visit Two Men And A Snake.