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What’s That Smell in My Kitchen?

April 27, 2022

What’s That Smell in My Kitchen?

Does your kitchen have a weird smell? If yes, you may be wondering what’s causing the smell.

At Beall Contracting, we’ve compiled some of the common causes of bad smells in the kitchen and what you can do to fix the problem.

Funky Fridge

Your refrigerator can smell due to spoiled food, dirty drip tray, or mold. Nasty odors can permeate your refrigerator and make your kitchen smelly.

To prevent your fridge from developing nasty smells, ensure you clean up spills immediately and wipe down the interior regularly with hot soapy water and rinse off the soap.

Dirty Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal can develop a bad smell caused by decaying food trapped in the cutting blades, under the impellers, and in grooves and crannies. Your garbage disposal is more likely to smell if you use it often, run hot water with it, or run no water.

You can use vinegar and baking soda to get rid of smells from your garbage disposal. Simply pour half a cup of baking soda into your garbage disposal and then sprinkle half a cup of vinegar into your disposal. Let the mixture sit in the disposal for 10-20 minutes, then turn on the disposal for 10 minutes while running cold water.

Your Trash Can

The trash can is arguably the leading cause of unpleasant smells in the kitchen, especially if you don't empty it regularly. Food scraps can build up in your trash can over time and cause a bad smell in your kitchen. To avoid having a stinking trash can in your kitchen, you should empty the trash every day, even if it isn’t full.   

Your Dishwasher

Dishwasher odors are a common cause of a smelly kitchen. Your dishwasher can accumulate food particles in the filters, spray arm, drain hose, and other crevices in the appliance. If you don’t clean the appliance properly from time to time, the trapped food particles can cause unpleasant odors over time.

Grease in The Drain

Kitchen drains may smell if there’s a buildup of grease that traps food residue and other items that may emit odors. If you're used to pouring grease in your sink, thinking it will flow smoothly through the drain lines, it's only a matter of time before you experience a smelly drains.

Kitchen drains often smell due to a buildup of grease that traps food residue and other things.

Clogged P-Trap

Clogged p-traps that go unchecked can produce smells in your kitchen. Food particles can bind with grease, soap scum, and other sticky substances and accumulate in the p-trap resulting in blockages and odors.

To remove a clog that's causing smells, you'll have to remove the p-trap and manually pull out anything that may be causing problems, and put back everything together. If you don't have the necessary tools to disassemble the p-trap, call a nearby plumber to help you fix the problem.

If you’re looking for a reputable plumber to help you with drain cleaning, get in touch with Beall Contracting.