My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

To skip stinky odors, you should grind up food pieces right away with cold water and operate your disposal long enough. Typically, 30 seconds will take care of it.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, as they lead to drainage issues and unpleasant odors. While bleach feels like a smart idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food residue in your pipes, leading to clogs.

Our Saint Charles plumbing Experts advise doing one of these chemical-free combinations weekly to keep your disposal smelling fresh:

  • Hot water and baking soda
  • Hot water and dish soap
  • Hot water and vinegar

You can also buy garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to manage odors.

If your garbage disposal smells like sewage, you could be dealing with a leak. Reach the pros at 630-246-2698 for plumbing service in Saint Charles.