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Old 03-27-2007, 01:38 PM   #1
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Question Garbage disposer odors

When I clean my disposer I use a product call, "Disposer Care". It is a packet you put down in the disposer and let a little stream of water run. The cleaning cycle is complete when the foam disappears and you hear a swish sound. Well, within about a day or two I still smell an odor. I do have a double sink. Could the smell be coming from the other side? What do you use to clean the pipes out with in your double sink? Thanks.

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Old 03-27-2007, 02:01 PM   #2
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I had read many many times that putting a slice of lemon or orange would freshen the garbage disposal. DO NOT DO THIS!!!!! It caused me major bucks! I had to replace the disposal.

I have been using some Dawn Dissolver for spring cleaning and I have noticed that my drains seem clearer. I would not recommend putting the stuff full strength down the drain.

The odor is probably a combination of things so not one thing is going to cure it all. My old faulty water heater used to cause a stink. Rotting tree roots stink too. My old washing machine was not totally draining and the water left in the drain was really bad smelling.

If it is overpowering, you may have to call a plumber.
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Old 03-27-2007, 02:02 PM   #3
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Hey StirBlue, how come the orange/lemon peel thing is a bad idea?
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Old 03-27-2007, 02:06 PM   #4
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I had read many many times that putting a slice of lemon or orange would freshen the garbage disposal. DO NOT DO THIS!!!!! It caused me major bucks! I had to replace the disposal.

I have been using some Dawn Dissolver for spring cleaning and I have noticed that my drains seem clearer. I would not recommend putting the stuff full strength down the drain.

The odor is probably a combination of things so not one thing is going to cure it all. My old faulty water heater used to cause a stink. Rotting tree roots stink too. My old washing machine was not totally draining and the water left in the drain was really bad smelling.

If it is overpowering, you may have to call a plumber.
The smell is not to bad, it is just when you are standing over the sink. Is the Dawn Dissolver you are using, the stuff you do dishes with or is it a cleaner?
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Old 03-27-2007, 02:33 PM   #5
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I regularly put cut up lemon and lime peels through my disposer, first of all to get rid of them and secondly to freshen the smell. Never had a problem.
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Old 03-27-2007, 03:00 PM   #6
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I have one word for you- Vinegar- It is a wonder agent.
the best part is its all natural and non-corrosive and non-poisonous
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Old 03-27-2007, 03:28 PM   #7
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The smell is not to bad, it is just when you are standing over the sink. Is the Dawn Dissolver you are using, the stuff you do dishes with or is it a cleaner?
Dawn Dissolver is a dish & pan cleaner. I found it in the same section as the dish washing detergent at Walmart. It is even dishwasher safe when you spray it on a stubborn problem and then wash it in the dishwasher.

As for the lemon/orange wedges, they became imbedded under the grinding wheels in the disposal. The blades were bent with the force of the motor. What size was the wedge? Probably an 8th of the lemon.
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Old 03-27-2007, 03:29 PM   #8
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When I clean my disposer I use a product call, "Disposer Care". It is a packet you put down in the disposer and let a little stream of water run. The cleaning cycle is complete when the foam disappears and you hear a swish sound. Well, within about a day or two I still smell an odor. I do have a double sink. Could the smell be coming from the other side? What do you use to clean the pipes out with in your double sink? Thanks.
My disposall only smells when something is in it. It is also important to let it run long enough to get all the stuff through and out to the trap/line/etc.
I don't have a double sink but I would suggest using some drain cleaner in the other one to get it clean/free.
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again, VINEGAR!!!! It wont get stuck and will rinse through,neutrilize the odor and do some disifecting at the same time and only costs a $1.50. per Gallon
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I put lemons and limes down my disposal too, Vera. Maybe your disposal was about to kick off anyway.
I use Clorox down my disposal.
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