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    Ugh, garbage disposal smell

    Boyfriend eats meat (I do not) so he cooks it for himself. Well, apparently he got the bright idea that the steaks he had in the fridge that went bad should go down the garbage disposal last night... now the whole house smells like rotten beef. :s I've poured an entire bottle of vinegar down it, a bunch of baking soda and some gse/water solution. Anyone think of any other ideas besides bleach (which I don't want to use with the bird)?

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    Re: Ugh, garbage disposal smell

    I heard grinding up a lemon or maybe even a orange might help it out but if baking soda and vinegar didnt work I dont know if those would work. What a gross thing to smell Marie, I feel sorry for you.
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    Re: Ugh, garbage disposal smell

    Heh, yeah it smelled something awful all day. Found the lemon idea on ehow and it worked. Three lemons cured it. Boyfriend is banned from the kitchen.

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    Re: Ugh, garbage disposal smell

    Wow I cant believe a lemon really worked for it. I dont have one so it was just something I heard someone say once and it stuck with me. I wouldnt let him in the kitchen either if I were you.
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    Re: Ugh, garbage disposal smell

    The article said the citric acid breaks up bacteria and removes the smell, a lot of cleaners are lemon/orange based, I guess for a good reason.

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    Re: Ugh, garbage disposal smell

    Well, if you're interested, the disposal STILL smells like lemons lol I think i'm going to start using that juice to clean other things. Every time I turn the water on, the lemon smell rushes up out of the drain. Mmm.

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    Re: Ugh, garbage disposal smell

    I wished I had a disposer so I could smell lemon when I turned on my water. When my drains get a foul odor I use vinegar/baking soda mixed and after it is all done bubbling I rinse it out and no more smell.
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    Re: Ugh, garbage disposal smell

    You could probably blend up a few lemons in the blender and pour it down the drain for the same effect, that is basically all the disposal did to them.

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    Re: Ugh, garbage disposal smell

    I put ice down my once a month to clean out the "growth" that occures in a wet invoroment. Then I put a lemon rind or orange rind down it to give it a bright fresh smell.

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    Re: Ugh, garbage disposal smell

    I replace garbage disposals often, so maybe I can help you with this problem.

    Garbage disposals are connected to the sink drain system. But, they are also connected to the dishwasher discharge hose. Between the dishwasher and disposal is a unit called an air gap. The air gap is installed onto the surface of the sink next to the faucet. The hose between the air gap and disposal gets clogged with garbage and needs to be cleaned out. That is where garbage disposal smell comes from.

    And, the reason your disposal will still smell like lemons is because when you grind up lemons in the disposal to get rid of odors, some of the lemon goes into that hose as well. Eventually your lemons will decay and you won't like that smell. Better to clean out that hose.
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    Re: Ugh, garbage disposal smell

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrie View Post
    Boyfriend eats meat (I do not) so he cooks it for himself. Well, apparently he got the bright idea that the steaks he had in the fridge that went bad should go down the garbage disposal last night... now the whole house smells like rotten beef. :s I've poured an entire bottle of vinegar down it, a bunch of baking soda and some gse/water solution. Anyone think of any other ideas besides bleach (which I don't want to use with the bird)?
    The reason that the vinegar, baking soda or bleach won't kill the odors is because they don't grind up and thus they never enter that hose I'm talking about.
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    Re: Ugh, garbage disposal smell

    I don't have a dishwasher, would it still have a discharge hose? o.O All that is under the sink is the disposal and PVC piping.

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    Re: Ugh, garbage disposal smell

    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry C View Post
    I put ice down my once a month to clean out the "growth" that occures in a wet invoroment. Then I put a lemon rind or orange rind down it to give it a bright fresh smell.
    I do the ice thing about once a month too. I have seen a product at Bed Bath & Beyond to help eliminate the odor coming from the garbage disposal. Haven't tried it. I usually use lemon scented dishwashing soap that I get at the $1 store.

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