My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

To stop rancid odors, you should grind up food refuse right away with cold water and use your disposal long enough. Usually, 30 seconds will do it.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, since they cause drainage problems and bad scents. While bleach appears to be a wise idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food residue in your pipes, resulting in clogs.

Our Pierre plumbing Experts advise trying one of these green combinations every week to keep your disposal smelling fresh:

  • 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 manage smells.

If your garbage disposal smells like sewage, you could be dealing with a leak. Get in touch with the professionals at 605-223-0307 for plumbing service in Pierre.