My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

To stop unpleasant scents, you should grind up food pieces without delay with cold water and operate your disposal long enough. Usually, 30 seconds will do the trick.

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

Our Hurricane plumbing Experts advise trying one of these green combos every week to keep your disposal smelling good:

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

You can also get garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to control smells.

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