My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

To stop unpleasant smells, you should grind up food pieces right away 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 cause drainage problems and unpleasant scents. While bleach seems like a good idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food residue in your pipes, resulting in blockages.

Our Mobile plumbing Experts recommend doing 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 get garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to control scents.

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