My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

To stop unpleasant odors, you should grind up food scraps right away with cold water and operate your disposal long enough. Typically, 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 unpleasant scents. While bleach feels like a great idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food residue in your pipes, creating blockages.

Our Belleville plumbing Experts suggest doing one of these chemical-free blends each 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 get rid of odors.

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