Anyone have a great way to fix a moldy garbage disposal? A while back we
put cantaloupe inerds down the disposal. Since that time I've read that you
should never put any stringy vegetables into a disposal. And, since that
time we have had a horrible moldy smell in the disposal. We can make it go
away for a few days by pouring a bottle of bleach down the disposal while it
is running, but the smell always returns within a week. I am about ready to
just replace the disposal, but if anyone has a cheap solution I would love
to know it.
Baking soda will neutralize most veggie or fruit odors. Give it a shot
before you dump the disposal. I would recommend that if this is a two
compartment sink - pour some in both sides. Whether you have seperate traps
or a continuous waste - it will help with the odor. I'd dissolve the soda
in some water - don't just pour it straight into the unit and allow it to
stay overnight before flushing it down.
Jim Mc Namara
Try replacing the rubber back-splash ring ($3-$5). One time I was getting an
awful sewer like smell from the sink. Turned out to be muck build up on the
surfaces of the rubber. Cleaning did not help for very long as the smell
would come back after a day or 2.
You could try running lemon wedges down the disposal or baking soda
and vinegar. If that doesn't work then disconnect it and clean out
all of the left over vegetable matter. I don't think that you need to
buy a whole new one. My disposal also smelled pretty bad for about a
week once. I think that everything just decomposed and eventually
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