Remove odors from siphons and pipes in a natural way
No matter how much you use your sinks on a daily basis, the pipes can develop mold and unpleasant odors at any time, especially when the weather is hot or very rainy.
Air fresheners or scented sprays are one way to quickly remove odors from siphons and pipes, but they are not a long-term solution and odors return quite soon.
There are numerous types of chemicals available today, that you can use to get rid of clogs and odors.
The problem is that chemicals can be very aggressive and harmful to both your health and the environment.
Fortunately, there are some home remedies that include natural and economical ingredients to help you achieve similar results. Today we would like to share with you an easy trick you can apply to say goodbye
to these awful smells. You should really try it!
Why do pipes start to smell?
Before we get into the details of how to make a homemade cleaner to eliminate unpleasant odors from siphons and pipes, you need to know more about why these odors occur and how you can avoid them in the future. Most of the time the strong smells that come from your sink are due to some daily habits that you may not realize.
Detergents and soaps
Regular use of detergents and soaps in your sinks can leave chemical residues that eventually accumulate in the pipes. Over time, they decompose and cause odors.
There are points in the piping where there may be stagnant water creating a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Although it is almost impossible to prevent this, one thing you can do is clean your siphons and pipes regularly to prevent the spread of bacteria.
Seal your pipes
Pipes coming out of your taps and toilets often wear out over time due to moisture and mold. This results in terrible odors that worsen due to the consequent growth of bacteria. Some older pipes not only wear out more easily but are also an ideal breeding ground for fungi and bacteria. Stagnant water and worn materials create a layer of debris that can eventually cause your pipes to become completely clogged.
Food debris accidentally falling into the siphon is the first cause of unpleasant odors and clogged pipes. It is essential to use a sink filter to stop food particles from falling off your plates.
Trick to eliminate unpleasant odors from siphons and pipes
Now that you know the various causes for bad odors from pipes, we recommend that you try the following trick to clean them naturally. It is a simple combination of baking soda and white vinegar, two environmentally friendly ingredients that will kill fungi, remove greasy residues and clean any substance that causes unpleasant odors.
- 1/2 cup baking soda (100 grams)
- 1 cup white vinegar (200 ml)
- 1/2 liter of hot water (200 ml)
What should you do?
You must first boil the water. Once it boils, add the white vinegar and mix well. In the meantime, pour the baking soda into the siphon tube you want to clean. Pour the hot mixture of water and vinegar into the siphon, where it will be combined with the baking soda in the pipes. You will immediately see the mixture foaming, which is completely normal. Cover the siphon to prevent water or other substances from entering for at least one hour. If possible, leave the mixture on overnight for best results.
Repeat this process at least once a week to keep unpleasant odors away. In closing we would say that with very little money you can keep your pipes clean and odorless. In addition, avoid the use of aggressive chemicals that harm the environment.
A mechanical way of cleaning a blocked sewer
You may need to remove any blockages in the siphon naturally. As a tool, you can use a thin hanger or a hook. There are also other specially designed hair removal tools that you can buy at a home appliance store.
- Bend the hanger and place a small hook at the end, which can penetrate the drain under the siphon.
- Put on a pair of rubber gloves if you want, and have a plastic bag ready for the pieces you can pull out.
- Unscrew the drain cover (if any) and set it aside with the screws.
- Slowly place the bent hanger with the hook under the drain. Place it under the drain using a slight swirling motion.
- Start pulling up slowly and you will start pulling the hairs out.
These should go straight into the plastic bag. Continue until there are no more hairs to pull.
Other ways to eliminate the unpleasant odors
Eliminate odor with vinegar
Start cleaning the siphon by pouring 1 cup. vinegar in the siphon. Leave the vinegar to act without pouring any water overnight.
Disappearance of smell with lemon
If the stench does not disappear with vinegar you can alternatively try lemon. Mix in a bowl the juice of one lemon and 1 cup. hot water. Slowly pour the mixture into the siphon and leave it overnight.
Salt, lemon and vinegar
Salt, lemon and vinegar – the ultimate powerful trio for cleaning your siphon. You can also try pure salt, but it will be more effective to combine it with the other two ingredients. You will need equal amounts of salt and vinegar (1 cup each). Pour both ingredients into a bowl and mix, then add half a cup of lemon juice to the mixture and mix. Remember that we do not want a solid ointment.
It needs to flow into the pipe. Add a little more lemon juice if needed. Pour the mixture into the siphon and leave it for 15-30 minutes, depending on the severity of the problem. Then pour a cup of hot water. Lemon will even give a feeling of freshness in your kitchen or bathroom.
Dish soap and hot water
Dish soap contains ingredients that fight fats, so if oil and fats are the main obstacles, then this method will be useful to you. Pour some soap directly into the siphon and then add hot water. This will remove the oily barriers and you can repeat the process once a week.
Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda
Most of us have a bottle of oxygen in our bathroom – if you do not have one, it is a good idea to get one. You will also need baking soda. Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a cup of oxygen and pour it into the clogged siphon. You will notice foam : do not worry, this is the process. Leave it for 15 minutes and then pour hot water.