My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To avoid rancid scents, you should grind up food pieces right away with cold water and operate your disposal long enough. Typically, 30 seconds will take care of it.

Stop dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, since they result in drainage troubles and unpleasant odors. While bleach appears to be a great idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food residue in your pipes, creating blockages.

Our Alliance plumbing Experts recommend doing one of these green combinations each week to keep your disposal smelling good:

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

You can also buy garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to control scents.

If your garbage disposal smells like sewage, you might be dealing with a leak. Contact the pros at 330-235-1260 for plumbing service in Alliance.