How Do You Get Rid of Smelly Drains?

Smelly drains can be an unpleasant encounter when you’re getting ready to take a nice bath. Along with the odour, smelly drains are often blocked, stopping the water from going down once you have finished. We understand what a nuisance clogged, and foul-smelling drains can be, especially when it happens frequently. In this guide, we’ll run through everything you need to know about getting rid of smelly drains.

Why Do Drains Smell Bad?

There are various causes of shower drain smells. There may be excess soap scum or accumulated hair, or something else clogging your pipes and causing an odour. Thankfully, you can handle most shower drain clog issues relatively simply.

Clean Your Pipes

One of the first things you should look to do if your drain smells, is try to clean and if necessary, unblock the pipes leading from the drain. This can be done in a number of ways:

One-Shot Drain Cleaner

There are many cleaning products on the market, and it can be challenging to know which will be most effective. One-shot drain cleaner can be the most powerful product to clean your pipes with. One-Shot Drain Cleaner is a very efficient product and way to unblock drains and pipes as it dissolves any grease, material, soap or paper towels that may be causing a clog.

Pour 125ml of the cleaner into the drain and allow to stand for five minutes. Then add 150ml of cold water, wait for a further five minutes, and flush. In most cases, that’s all it takes to clean your pipes, but you can repeat if necessary.

Homemade Drain Cleaners

Chemical cleaning products can be great, but they may not be necessary. Sometimes boiling water is all you need to clear soap scum from your drains and get rid of the smell. However, be sure to first check if you have PVC (plastic) pipes, as boiling water can cause significant damage. If you do have plastic pipes, use hot water from the tap instead. There are several homemade solutions you can try to unclog your drains. You most likely already have everything you need to tackle your drain odour in your kitchen.

  • Pour half a cup of bleach down the pipe and let it rest for one hour
  • Pour two cups of boiling water down the drain
  • Sprinkle a quarter-cup of baking soda
  • Pour in a cup of white or cleaning vinegar. This will fizz as it reacts with the baking soda

Wait a few minutes, then pour two more cups of boiling water down the drain—end by running the hot water tap for a few minutes.

Cleaning Hair from The Drain

A common reason for blocked drains is hair ‘matting’ around the plughole and clogging up the drain as a result of multiple uses of the sink, shower or other receptacle without checking for hair in and around the drain. Cleaning hair from any drain can however be achieved via different methods. Before you start seeking out different cleaning products to assist, you should always try and manually remove any hair that is easily accessible.

Install A Hair Catcher

Clogged hair is a common cause of shower drain obstructions and odours. You can prevent this by installing a hair catcher. Open drain holes without any cover can easily get clogged as hair accumulates while you shower. Using a shower drain hair catcher efficiently prevents clog difficulties in the long term.

Use A Plunger or Drain Snake

You can try using a toilet plunger to displace hair from drains. However, if this doesn’t work, a drain snake should do the job. A drain snake, or toilet auger, can be pushed into the pipe. Turn the handle until you reach the cause of the clog and feel resistance.

Then, keep rotating to break up whatever is obstructing the drain. Once you stop feeling resistance, the clog is clear, and you can slowly remove the snake from the drain. Note that if these methods don’t work and you are struggling to get rid of shower drain smells on your own, it could be a more complicated problem. If the water doesn’t drain or begins to back up, you may have an issue with your sewer or septic tank. This is probably not a DIY fix, so you should get professional plumbing help