Eliminate odors emanating from a partially clogged sink or tub drain by clearing the clog. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1 cup of vinegar. Allow the mixture to bubble and foam as it loosens and clears materials stuck to the sides of the drain. Run hot water for a minute or so after the foaming subsides. Wait a few minutes longer, and run the cold tap for another minute. Vinegar and baking soda both have odor-removing properties; together they remove minor clogs and blockages as well. Pour a little more vinegar down the drain to remove any remaining odor.
Stop odors emanating from the drain of a septic system by sending water down the drains in the room. This type of odor is often caused by dry drains, such as in a seldom-used guest bathroom. Flush any toilet that has not been used for a week or longer; if water dries up in a toilet trap, odor may emanate from the trap.
Clean a toilet bowl to remove potential odor sources that have not flushed completely away. Pour in 1 part baking soda on the dry parts of the toilet bowl, followed by 4 parts vinegar. Let the mixture bubble for several minutes, and then scrub with a toilet brush. Flush the toilet.
Open windows and run a fan or exhaust fan to remove toilet odors. A bowl of vinegar placed in the room near the toilet also helps reduce odors quickly. Soak a paper towel or cloth in vinegar and wave it around the room to speed up the process.
Things You Will Need
- Baking soda
- Toilet brush
- Paper towel or small cloth
- Chemical-based air-freshening sprays often mask, rather than remove, odors. They may contain chemicals that aggravate allergies or asthma. Natural alternatives work, without harmful chemicals.
- Clean the toilet on a regular basis to ensure it stays fresh and odor-free. Clean the outside of the toilet bowl and the floor around the toilet as well.
- In some cases, a continual odor may indicate a more serious problem. A foul odor near the base of the toilet may indicate a broken wax seal, in which case the seal needs to be replaced.