My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

To stop unpleasant smells, you should grind up food refuse without delay with cold water and use your disposal long enough. Usually, 30 seconds will do it.

Don’t dump coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, as they lead to drainage problems and unpleasant scents. While bleach seems like a good idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food residue in your pipes, resulting in blockages.

Our Mobile plumbing Experts recommend trying one of these green combos 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 use garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to eliminate smells.

If your garbage disposal smells like a sewer, you might be dealing with a leak. Call the pros at 251-202-7503 for plumbing service in Mobile.