Married to the Empire

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Me V. The Drain



I've been having a problem for a few weeks. The drain in my kitchen on the garbage disposal side has been having some odor issues. There are some mornings that I wake up and can smell it halfway across the house. Here's what I've tried so far:

-Baking soda followed by boiling water
-Baking soda, then vinegar, then boiling water
-Grinding up citrus peels in the disposal
-Grinding up ice cubes in the disposal

Nothing has worked very well. (And yes, thanks to an email from my mother about this, I need to add that I did/do pull out the black rubber thingy and scrub it down. That hasn't helped. I've even scrubbed my dish brush down in there, but it doesn't get into all the nooks and crannies due to its handle.)

I broke down today and ordered the drain and garbage disposal brushes from The Clean Team. I absolutely adore their products, so I have high hopes for these. I just didn't want the disposal to have such power over me as to force me to buy special products for it!

Interestingly, today's episode of How Clean Is Your House on BBC America told the homeowner how to clean her drain. The thing I hadn't tried? Adding a cup of salt to that cup of baking soda. I still need to test that one out. Of course, I didn't see this suggestion until after I'd already ordered special brushes.

I'm open to any other cleaning suggestions for this stinky drain of mine.

On the positive side, when I took the Grimy or Gleaming quiz on BBC America's website, I came up with a gleaming home. So, it's just my drain! And believe me, I'm trying.

1 comment:

ann said...

I'm laughing here, because when Eric and I were first married I put chicken fat down our drain HAHAHA! Talk about STINK! Our entire apartment reeked for I don't know how long before we figured it out. We put a lot of bleach and hot water down ours. But you don't want to do bleach if you put other chemicals in there, which it doesn't sound like you have. Bleach is scary stuff but it got rid of our stench.