(Closed) Embarassing question…

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
246 posts
Helper bee

I’ve never had this problem but, when we got our garbage disposal, I believe I read that you can put things down it to make it smell good.  I would start with baking soda.  If that doesn’t work, maybe orange peels?  Just guessing here…

Post # 4
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

The thing I use to get rid of odor is grinding a cirtrus peel (orange, lemon, etc) in the garbage disposal.

Post # 5
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’ve had that problem before. I wouldn’t warranty this is the “right” way but this is what my mom always did and what has always worked for me. 

1) Clean your sink really good to make sure there is no nasty residue in it. 

2) Put ice down the disposal, run water, and turn it on (maybe like 2 cups or so… this is supposed to be bulky enough to get down other food particles while not adding anything that could rot)

3) Cut up a few lemons (I usually do 2 and I cut them into wedges) and put those down the disposal. 

Generally that clears things right up. 

Post # 6
875 posts
Busy bee

I would agree with the ice and lemon tips!

Post # 7
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@CorgiTales: I second this clean/ice/lemon procedure. It is what we told people to do when I worked at Home Depot – it works like a charm, and also is actually good for the blades as well!

Post # 8
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

definitely lemons, they work like a charm.

Post # 9
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Also agree with ice & lemons.  Vinegar may help, too . If those don’t help, undo the trap (u-shaped piece under sink).  There may be something clogged in it.  It’s a nasty job, but just dump it out into a disposable container, put a lid on it, and throw it away.

Post # 10
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Yep, I was going to say ice and lemon too. 🙂 I usually dump a whole tray of ice down the disposal once a week or so just to prevent odors. You might also grab a flashlight and a chop stick and poke around to make sure nothing is rotting down there – my fiance has a bad habit of throwing meat down ours and the fat doesn’t seem to grind, it just sits and rots until I pull it out (I have a set of tongs dedicated to cleaning things, hahaha…)

Post # 11
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I would also recommend using lemon slices. I would run the water while the drain is on. Use ice cubes to clean the hard junk out. At Walmart, Target and etc, there is a garbage disposal cleaner you can purchase for real cheap. It comes in a package that you put down the drain. It creates foam and eats through the grease and odor. After all of that, I would use a lemon for the citrus smell.

Post # 13
42 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

Put orange or lemon peels down it and grind them up

Post # 14
3671 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

There’s something you can buy at the store (We get it at Wal-mart) to clean out the disposal that has a citrus smell.

Post # 15
354 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

And if you have a sponge on your sink (for scrubbing dishes) – the smell might be coming from that.  (Happened to us last week – it didn’t get wrung dry and started smelling funky… we tossed it.)

Post # 16
44 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

Are you on sewer or septic?


My parents and us, are on septic and our sinks always do and probably always will have a smell. It’s almost like it burps. It is just something that comes with being on septic.


However…I do the ice/lemon trick and its ok for a few days. I have also found these little lemon balls at the grocery store and they break down the grease and make it smell wonderful.

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