My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To stop unpleasant odors, you should grind up food pieces without delay with cold water and use your disposal long enough. Usually, 30 seconds will take care of it.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, since they cause drainage issues and unpleasant scents. While bleach seems like a great idea for cleaning your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food scraps in your pipes, creating blockages.

Our Hurricane plumbing Experts advise trying one of these chemical-free combos each week to keep your disposal smelling pleasant:

  • Hot water and baking soda
  • Hot water and dish soap
  • Hot water and vinegar

You can also use garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to eliminate smells.

If your garbage disposal has a sewer smell, you may be dealing with a leak. Contact the specialists at 304-760-5088 for plumbing service in Hurricane.