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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
My kitchen seems to always stink. I'm convinced that it's the garbage disposal and need some advice. I have been putting oranges, lemons and limes in there & then turning it on to make it smell better but that only seems to last for a day.

Should I take it apart? Does food get caught in it.....maybe in that part under that cabinet? What do you guys do to get rid of and keep the smell gone? This is driving me crazy!!!!!!
post #2 of 11
Here's a thread I posted about the same problem and everyone's great responses.

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...rbage+disposal

My problem was just a temporary one. I'm trying to be more careful about not putting the left over moist cat food down the disposal since that stinks anyway
post #3 of 11
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Thanks Chris!

Out of curiosity, what worked for you? Obviously, the lemons and citrus isn't working for me and I've used the commercial cleaners for it as well. I'm about to run some vinegar in the dishwasher......maybe I'll let some sit in the disposal as well.

Did you try the glass thing? I'm a little chicken to try that.....my disposal spits at me at times.

I'm going to try the vinegar for now.
post #4 of 11
I went off to Walmart looking for the foamy disposal cleaner and couldn't find it. I tried orange peels (no lemon in the house). Hubby wouldn't let me try the glass. Finally I just poured 2 whole boxes of baking soda ran the water just a bit and then shut it off and let it sit in the disposal over night. It seemed to do the trick!
post #5 of 11
Ours used to ALWAYS stink. Good luck!!
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by captiva
I went off to Walmart looking for the foamy disposal cleaner and couldn't find it. I tried orange peels (no lemon in the house). Hubby wouldn't let me try the glass. Finally I just poured 2 whole boxes of baking soda ran the water just a bit and then shut it off and let it sit in the disposal over night. It seemed to do the trick!
The foamy disposal cleaner is near the liquid dish soap. Usually on the cleaning isle. It works if you keep up with it. I was using it weekly but got ill. Then it all went down hill. If you find it, use it weekly.

Thanks again!
post #7 of 11
The glass idea, I had glass break a disposal...we have had 3 disposals in 8 years. lol

the ice trick I know works.

I use baking soda and vinegar..and yes, I do not put stinky things down like catfood, meats. The tendons and such can get caught, wear it down and make it stink.

NEVER put corn husks...spoken with experience
post #8 of 11
How about straight bleach?
post #9 of 11
I use about a cup of bleach every week or so and it works for me. My disposal smelled like something died in it. It was disgusting!
post #10 of 11
Not many folks have garbage disposals in the sinks in Canada but my instincts would be to use baking soda with a bit of vinegar to fizz up and make it smell "pretty" again!

I do this in my regular sink several times a month just to keep it fresh.
post #11 of 11
My brother-in-law, our resident handyperson, says to dump some baking soda in it from time to time and run it with just a little water. He says it will deodorize it and help sharpen the blades.
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