First time trying to sell a house and it wasn’t even ours. Well, ours by default after our mum died. We tried to sell my mum’s house for a year. We were gutted because we had an offer a few months after it went on sale that we turned down – the price was way too high thanks to an incompetent estate agent deluding themselves (and obviously us) into believing that’s how high prices were in our area. The offer was insanely low compared to that price, and even though we then moved estate agent and the house had been on at a reasonable market price for a while now, we just weren’t getting offers in (well, only one that was the price of a 3 bed house in that area!).
With hindsight we should have taken the earlier offer (of course if we’d gone for the estate agent I liked, the house would have been on at a more realistic offer in the first place). So we had to reduce the price down again to quite a bit below that initial offer. So annoying, especially as we were paying out for council tax and insurance by that stage, my brother was going round to clean it, and it was getting to the stage that the garden needed to be done. We just wanted rid, and thankfully we did sell it for not far under the asking price…it all happened very quickly in the end.
But because of the time the house was empty, and the bathrooms weren’t getting flushed through on a regular basis, it meant the shower drain was getting smelly. So we had to go round and clean them out. Bleurgh.
While I’m happy chucking down lots of chemicals, I’m all for trying out some natural remedies in the hope of flushing the bad smell away. I knew that bicarbonate of soda is pretty good for reducing nasty niffs (that works brilliantly sprinkled in trainers or dance shoes, left overnight to absorb the smell before tipping out the next day…a bit gritty when you wear dance shoes bare feet though!), and vinegar’s usually mentioned in lots of cleaning methods too. Somewhere in my mind it was telling me they’re also the ingredients you use to make volcanoes that erupt.
So I traipsed over to the house with my white vinegar and bicarb to get to work.
To clean drains you need
(I’ve used cup to indicate the measure, but you could literally use a small cup)
1 cup of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda for those US readers)
4 cups of white vinegar
Boiled, or hot running, water
The how to:
- Remove the drain part if it comes out. Give the drain hole a quick scrub with a toothbrush or similar.
- Pour down the bicarb (I did it in stages because I didn’t want to create an over flowing, fizzing mess), then 2 cups of the white vinegar. Watch the fizz
- Leave for about 20 minutes
- Pour down the boiled water, or in our case, just leave the shower running for a while.
- Scrub again afterwards if you want it really clean.
Simple and cheap, although I could smell vinegar for ages afterwards!
What cleaning tips do you have for cleaning a smelly shower drain or sink?
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