My garbage disposal stinks! please help?

mom2sethcOctober 15, 2012

Hello,

My garbage disposal stinks! It is a musty smell, not a food smell. I do not use it, very rarely does any food go into it. It makes my whole house smell. What can I do to get rid of it? I've tried hot soapy water, lemons, baking soda, vinegar. Any ideas?

Thanks!

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mic111

I've had good luck with Citrasolv.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 6:07PM
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smiling

My plumber advised grinding a tray of ice cubes about once a month, said that the ice chips worked like thousands of tiny knives scraping the inside of the disposal. YMMV, but it works great for me. Good luck with whatever methods you try.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 7:20PM
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buffettgirl

Not to assume anything but have you made sure you don't have something stuck in there that never was ground up the last time you used it?

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 7:38PM
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may_flowers

Have you checked under your rubber splash guard to see what lurks?

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 7:39PM
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taggie

And when you run it, even rarely, make sure you flush with plenty of water and leave the water running for a minute after you're done.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 7:48PM
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westsider40

I recently took out the rubber splash guard and washed it carefully and then ran the machine with lots of water. Other times a sliced lemon or lime works.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 8:15PM
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Sophie Wheeler

Check your DW discharge hose to make sure it has the high loop before discharging into the disposal. If it doesn't, then you could have yuck backing up into the hose, and potentially into your DW as well.

If that's fine, then grind up ice and lemon peels.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 8:20PM
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babushka_cat

i shove down the disposal periodically left over lemons and toss in some baking soda, works like a charm.

but a disposal smelling the whole house up - are you sure nothing has died in there???

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 8:20PM
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camphappy

I had the same problem for awhile, off and on. It smelled like rotting potatoes (I'm sure many of you know exactly what I"m talking about - not pleasant!) I tried most of the advice listed above. It would go away and then come back. Not sure what it ever was but wondered if the smell was coming from deep in the pipes.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 8:40PM
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Renoguy41

Baking Soda and hydrogen peroxide.. the best natural deodorizer
and disenfectant available.. Vinegar works well with baking soda too..
Vinegar is a very good disinfectant., Baking Soda best deodorizer..

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 11:10PM
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suska6184

If you do not use it, why don't you just take it out? Nothing left to smell and you won't even miss it.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 11:55PM
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