If your wife is like mine, she thinks that a garbage disposal is like a
trash can. You wait until it is full, then empty it.
I just about have her trained. But still, at any time, I can go flip the
switch and there will be something in there to grind up.
She just doesn't get it.
If you EMPTY the garbage disposal WHEN YOU PUT SOMETHING IN THERE, it can't
stink. It's gone on its way down the pipe.
To get a start on it, run it with warm water for about two minutes. Pour
some Clorox in there. Feed it some chopped up lemons.
And don't wait until it's full to turn it on. If you're leaving stuff in
there long enough for it to stink,
Heeeeere's yer sign .................
and does. Good grief.
If I just put stuff in there, it wouldn't take long for the sink to back
up when I was running water to do anything else. Does she not use the
sink for anything else between running the disposal....? She doesn't
notice the problem here..?
My wife is fastidious, and even obsessive compulsive disorder on some
things. But I could put a dead skunk in the trash compactor, compact it,
and leave it there, and I doubt she'd notice it. Well, maybe she's not that
bad, but there have been MANY times when I say, "Do you smell something
bad?", and she says, "Not really." I don't know if "Not really" means yes,
I smell it, but it isn't that bad, or I don't smell anything.
Now, I just automatically turn on the water and hit the switch whenever I'm
close to it.
PS: She also thinks that the compactor MUST BE FULL in order to empty. I
am working on that by putting chicken skins and salmon skins in there.
Do you toss the animal bits int here as well? No matter how much leaf
mulch I have in the pile, animal remains stink and draw critters. We
only throw plant matter (fruits, veggies, some grains) and very little
fat. You are 100% about the soil inmprovement. It's amazing.
maxine in ri
The only time my disposal stinks is when shit collects under the
rubber gasket at the entrance to the disposal. That easily pops
out easily, and after being washed/rinsed briefly, no more stink.
If you think about it, "stuff" flys up and hut the underside of
that thing, and never really gets rinsed off. Hence the smell.
Oh pshaw, on Sun 03 Dec 2006 03:09:15p, Matt meant to say...
They all need cleaning periodically.
Fill the sink to capacity, and whill it's filling dump in a small box of
Leave the water running, turn on the disposer, then pull the drain plug.
At least one manufacturer recommends this method, and I've found that it
If the "rubber finger" flange in the opening is removable, remove it and
give it a good scrubbing underneath.
Now that I think about it, I'm not sure that the one replaced was from
1969. It could have been replaced before ... The most recent swap (ca.
2002) was without resort to a plumber or repiping. Not much to it---you
need some plumbers putty if you don't have a stainless steel sink. Not
much to it. It was about a one or two hour job as I took my time. Just
follow the directions that come with the new one. You can probably find
directions for your candidate replacement online at the mfgr's website.
Take the box of baking soda setting in your fridg (and replace it with
a new box). Then take the old box and dump it down the disposal, dump
the ice from your icemaker into the sink. Do this just before you go
to bed. By morning the ice will be gone and so will the odor.
Get yourself a goat. They haven't changed much since 1969, and even
current models DO NOT require cleaning. In my experience, they don't
even WANT cleaning, as you may learn if you try to clean one.
A goat will address most, if not all, of your garbage disposal needs,
and definitely not stink up the house. (This assumes that you do not
let the goat into the house).
If you can't locate a local goat dealer/installer, I'd recommend a
compost/mulch heap to address your garbage disposal problems. Like
goats, compost/mulch heaps have not changed much since the late 60's,
and WILL NOT stink up the house (unless, also like a goat, you set it up
in the house).
A bucket in the freezer.
Put all food waste into it and take it right out to the dumpster when it
gets full. I use a large ziplock bag to line it.
No muss, no fuss, no smell.
IMHO Insinkerators are one of the dumbest ideas in the world.
Barring that, run some vinegar down it now and then, or some lemon peels.
It's actually in a covered container on the back of the sink. ;-)
I only suggested the freezer as I know two people that do that.
I empty mine every morning out of habit... I refuse to put any food
based garbage in my regular trash can.
Meat wrappers go out to the dumpster immediately on opening.
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