How to Get the Stink Out of My Sink?

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Q: I moved into a great apartment with a small bathroom that has a pedestal sink. For the first month, everything was fine. All of a sudden, I noticed a terrible mildewy funk coming from the sink. My boyfriend told me it was probably coming from the overflow.

He put a solution of bleach and water down the overflow hole and somehow blocked the drain below the area where the overflow tub enters the drain, filling the basin with a bleach solution so it would travel up the tube (?). BF was a hero for a couple of days and then the smell came right back. Clearly the bleach is not reaching all the mildew.

Has anybody experienced this problem and do you have a solution for cleaning hard-to-reach areas inside the overflow?

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.