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If you have rotten food in your garbage disposal that won't clear out, it may start to smell very badly. This is a guide about sewer smell coming from a garbage disposal.
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How can I get the smell out of my disposal from the dishwasher when it empties? My sink also has a bad smell.
By tom from OH
I used to have a garbage disposal and I would grind up Orange or lemon peel. It workd for me :)
Get some lemons when they are onsale, cut into small pieces or slices and freeze on a cookie sheet and then put in plastic bag in freezer, and until smell is gone, put one in every night and grind it up. You could also pour in some white vinegar [1/4 cup] or baking soda while garbage disposal is working. Eventually probably only need to do once a week or less.
Treat with Drain care, a natural enzyme that will not hurt your plumbing. Cleans all in there to slick and shiney.
Boil 6-8 citrus peels (I save my lime and lemon peelings in the freezer until I have enough), when the peels are soft, pour the water and rinds down the disposer while it is running. The steam from the boiling water de-odorizes my home, and the softened peels help 'scrub' the disposer compartment. I do this about every other wek.
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Does anyone have a solution on getting rid of a garbage disposal smell? I have used orange peels and lemon peels. No luck! I walk through the kitchen and I smell the garbage disposal. Please help.
Desperate in Hollister,
Dmae from Hollister, CA
When you are using your disposal always keep the water running, when the disposal is done and turned off, keep the water running for 30 seconds more.
This should rinse the little bits that are left down the drain. You'll notice the smell is a thing of the past. (03/28/2006)
What I do several times a month is take several trays of ice cubes and run them through the sink disposal. Keeps it clean and prevents odors and build up of gunk. (03/29/2006)
The odor seems to come from the rubber "flaps". With a paper towel I wiped up quite a bit of gunk from under the flaps then poured hot water and vinegar down. It was alright for awhile, but had to be repeated weekly (at least). (03/29/2006)
Besides the obvious things of using orange peels in the disposer, use an old dish brush to brush the underside of the rubber flaps in the disposal opening and brush around in the disposer. There is lots of gunk that collects there that can cause odor.
I completely fill my disposal with ice cubes and then turn the disposal on. I do run water into the disposal when I turn it on. (While the ice cubes are in the disposal.) I continue to let the water run after the ice cubes are gone. Be sure to use cold water. (03/31/2006)
If you use baking soda to deoderize your fridge, run it down the disposal when you change it. I also clean my sink thoroughly after dirty dishes with my dish soap, but put a little bleach down before I start running the water. While I am scrubbing down the sink (20-30 seconds) the bleach sets and when I rinse then I start up the disposal to clean through. Of course, depending on the dish soap, you need to be careful with the bleach creating fumes. I just leave my sink window open through this. (03/31/2006)
There is a commercial solution that is sold. I am not sure what it is called, but they do sell it at Kroger. They would probably sell it at Wal-Mart also. Just ask around, I am sure that you can find it! If I figure out the name, I will let you know! Jamie (04/02/2006)