My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

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

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, since they create drainage issues and bad scents. While bleach appears to be a great idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food residue in your pipes, creating blockages.

Our Belleville 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 use garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to get rid of odors.

If your garbage disposal smells like sewage, you could be dealing with a leak. Contact the professionals at 613-707-2421 for plumbing service in Belleville.