How to Deodorize Drains Using Essential Oils

Whether you're cleaning a drain in the bathroom or the kitchen, you not only want it sanitized, but you want it to smell fresh, too. Over time, hair, food and other organic items build up in drains and cause them to work inefficiently. You can use strong, caustic chemicals to clean and deodorize drains, but they're not healthy for the family or your family.

The next time you clean a drain, use your preferred natural method, such as a vinegar and baking soda solution, and add a few drops of essential oil as well. The eco-friendly oils will cover up foul drain odors and give the room a refreshing scent. 

Here are some essential oils to consider when cleaning your drains:


You can't go wrong with any type of mint essential oil, as they will hide strong odors easily. Mint essential oils include peppermint and spearmint, which has antiseptic properties as well. If the scent of mint alone is too powerful for your nose, look for a mint blend, such as spearmint and sweet orange or peppermint and vanilla. 

Mint also blends well with eucalyptus essential oil to create a brisk, garden-fresh smell.


There are also several types of citrus essential oils that you can use to refresh dirty drains. Instead of grinding sliced citrus fruits in your garbage disposal, use the oils to save money and impart a longer-lasting fragrance. Essentials oils are extracted out of the citrus rinds, so the scent is more powerful that just the fruit alone. 

Citrus oils include lemon, grapefruit, lime, sweet orange and bergamot orange, as well as any combination of the three. Again, you can look for blends, such as orange and vanilla, lime and clary sage, or lemon and ylang ylang.

If you have multiple essential oils on hand, create the blends yourself as a cost-effective measure.


Earthy-smelling thyme oil is known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties and can be found in several earth-friendly commercial cleaning products. 


Also known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties, lavender has a slightly sweeter, more floral scent than thyme and would work well in a bathroom sink or shower drain. Lavender is often used to make natural air fresheners, so it will work double-duty in the space.

Tea Tree Oil

Featuring a very strong scent as well as antifungal qualities, tea tree oil can take on heavy-duty drain odors and germs. 

However, every now and then, you may want to consider drain cleaning services to ensure your drains are able to function properly and are well maintained, especially if your drains continuously have an unpleasant odor.