My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

To stop stinky odors, you should grind up food refuse right away with cold water and operate 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 unpleasant scents. While bleach appears to be a wise idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food residue in your pipes, resulting in clogs.

Our Pierre plumbing Experts suggest trying one of these chemical-free 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 get garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to manage scents.

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

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