My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

To avoid unpleasant smells, you should grind up food refuse right away with cold water and run your disposal long enough. Generally, 30 seconds will take care of it.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, since they result in drainage troubles and foul scents. While bleach seems like a good idea for cleaning your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food bits in your pipes, resulting in clogs.

Our Girard plumbing Experts recommend using one of these green combinations weekly to keep your disposal smelling pleasant:

  • 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 manage scents.

If your garbage disposal smells like a sewer, you might be dealing with a leak. Call the Experts at 330-269-7235 for plumbing service in Girard.