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Our dishwasher always keeps water in it and when it is done running it smells. Its connected to the garbage disposal. So it seems when I drain the garbage disposal it fills the dishwasher up with smelly water and when I run the dishwasher and it goes to drain it fills the garbage disposal with water. Any advice?

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 5, 20050 found this helpful
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I had that happen to me too. You have to open up the dishwasher remove the bottom shelf and get a screwdriver (a rechargable one if you can so you have the power because the screws are really tight) and remove the tube that has the paddle on it. You will find all kind of food stuck in there. It needs to be cleaned often. I had to pay a serviceman to do this for me!

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 15, 20050 found this helpful
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I am the wife of a plumber, and yet still had the same problem as you. Put two packets of lemonade kool-aid (generic works too) in the soap dispenser of the dishwasher, while empty, and put it on the longest setting (this will clean the rust out as well). For the garbage disposal, put ice chips and two tablespoons of baking soda in it and turn it on for about 30 seconds to a minute. It took care of the smell in my dishwasher with one use. I do this about every 4-6 weeks, and have yet to have had a problem again.

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 27, 20061 found this helpful
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The cause of having bad smell in your dishwasher is probably because the drain hose of your dishwasher runs lower than your garbage disposer opening. The drain hose must at one point always be attached or run as high or near the top of your counter. This wil prevent the water in your garbage disposer from running down into your dishwater drain hose and create bad odor.

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February 26, 20170 found this helpful
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This was great advice. I drilled a new hole for the drain hose closer to the counter and angled the drain hose up when I re-attached it to the disposal. Worked like a charm!

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 28, 20080 found this helpful
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Ours had a terrible smell that kept getting worse over a few months. I did ice, bleach, Tang, lemons--everything. Finally called repairman who took it apart and showed me all this gross bacteria that had built up inside because of the problem Guy Paquette describes--drain hose improperly hooked up, garbage disposal drained into it. Once bacteria set in it literally "mushroomed" and the guts were covered with a sort of fungus. I can't believe we weren't all sick! Had to replace dishwasher and drain hose. Check that hose!

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August 4, 20050 found this helpful

I used to have the same problem and I think it's from not running the disposer enough. I started running the disposer every time I have the water on, even if I run the disposer for a few seconds each time, it seems to help. I think if there is the slightest amount of 'stuff' in your drain the water will back up into the dishwasher. Now that I run the disposer more often I have no water in my dishwasher!

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 5, 20050 found this helpful

POUR A LITTLE BLEACH IN YOUR EMPTY DISHWASHER ABOUT 1X PER MONTH. RUN IT THRU THE WHOLE CYCLE. RUN THE DISPOSAL EVERYTIME YOU TURN ON THE DISHWASHER FOR JUST A FEW SECONDS TO MAKE SURE IT IS ABSOLUTELY EMPTY. IN BETWEEN THE "BLEACH" CYCLE RUN YOU LEMOND RINDS DOWN THE DISPOSAL TO SWEETEN THE DISPOSAL AND PIPES.

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 1, 20070 found this helpful

An Ocello plastic pad fell on the heating coil at the end of the cycle while I was doing yard work. I came back into the house and thought it was on fire. The synthetic smell was horrible. I am trying to get the ash smell out of the dishwasher but have had no luck with vinegar. I am going to try powdered bleach and then an empty run with Tang. I will keep you posted.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 21, 20080 found this helpful

I have a similar problem, but my problem is that the rotten egg smell is in the pipes when I run the dishwasher. We smell it in the hallway - a good ways away from the kitchen, but always in the same place. I haven't noticed it when other water sources run, but the tubs and showers are all further back in the house than where this smell is coming from. I read where one person said if it only happens when hot water is running, it's likely the hot water heater, but I have a brand new hot water heater, and this smell was around long before I got it, and the heater is nowhere near the smell. Is there something I can put down the drain that will clear something thar far down the pipe? Thanks! <><

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 22, 20080 found this helpful

we've tried different detergents, bought NEW dishes, bought NEW dishwasher, and still, after a few months with new dishes the 'fish' smell is coming back...not all the time, just on occasion. the plates retain the smell while sitting in the cupboard. when you drink from the glasses, you inhale the 'fish smell'. we have Culligan water softener, there's no smell from washing machine or shower, etc. what !?!? is the solution? Please !

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 30, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with the drain pipe problem we just went through this ourselves and had to replace our drain and vent pipes. It is not as expensive as it sounded, but not cheap. We spent under 600. Our vent pipe was improperly placed and completely clogged. The smell was so bad I moved out of my moms, while i was being fixed.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 31, 20080 found this helpful

Ours also had a bad smell and is connected to the garbage disposal. I now restart my washer after it has finished its cycle and let the water drain. I am amazed how much water is left in it. No more smell so it has to be the standing water which caused the smell and not the garbage disposal.

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June 28, 20100 found this helpful

Our brand new stainless interior dishwasher smells so bad I don't want to use it! Dishes and glasses smell bad too, like a swamp in there, any new answers?

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December 23, 20100 found this helpful

I also had this problem with our dishwasher. Smelt like swamp water and wet dog. It would only happen sometimes and on some plates and glasses. We bot new dishes as someone said it might be the cracking glaze on our plates. Smell was still there sometimes. Was about to buy a new dishwasher but remembered reading somewhere on the internet not to put dishes that had egg on them in the dishwasher. I thought that was pretty silly but before buying a new dishwasher thought it was worth a try. We stopped putting our egg dishes in and voila that smell stopped. Ok we eat eggs everyday for breakfast so the hand washing was getting too much. We found a place that sells farm fresh eggs and started using them. We put our dishes back in the dishwasher. We have not had that smell since.

I am posting this as it made me crazy trying to figure this out. I was rinsing the dishwasher with vinegar or bleach which would get rid of the smell for a while but it always came back. It has been 3 months since we switched to the farm fresh eggs and have not smelt wet dog or swamp water on our dishes. Try it even tho it sounds silly. Good Luck.

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June 29, 20130 found this helpful

I agree with the eggs that cause the weird smell from your dishwasher. I wash the eggs off the dishes and haven't had the smell since. I think water stays in the dishwasher after the 'wash' cycle and then when you 'rinse' you get that weird smell. I was getting that smell on my counter tops but then I remembered that I was wiping the countertops with the water that 'the egg covered dishes were sitting in'. I ope this helps!

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February 5, 20140 found this helpful

I've had great luck with a product called Freshana.

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August 13, 20170 found this helpful

Filling the garbage disposal with ice cubes, a few tablespoons of baking soda, and around 1/4 to 1/2 cup of vinegar works well for cleaning and freshening the garbage disposal. Let sit for a few minutes; the baking soda and vinegar fizz up and clean the underside of the rubber above the drain. Then run the disposal, which cleans and sharpens the blades. As mentioned by others, replacing the drain hose that goes to the garbage disposal fixed my smelly problem. When I moved into an older apartment, I couldnt get rid of that smell from the sink. When the maintenance worker removed that drain hose from the dishwasher, the whole kitchen was immediately enveloped in what smelled like a sewer. Ugh. Replacing the hose did the trick. I now run a cleaning cycle through the dishwasher with baking soda and bleach about once a month. Note: If your dishwasher is stainless steel, dont use bleach. Stick with baking soda and vinegar &/or UNsweetened dry lemonade mix.

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