My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

To skip rancid scents, you should grind up food pieces without delay with cold water and use 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, since they cause drainage problems and bad smells. While bleach appears to be a smart idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food residue in your pipes, creating clogs.

Our Wheeling plumbing Experts recommend trying one of these chemical-free combos each week to keep your disposal smelling pleasant:

  • 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 manage odors.

If your garbage disposal smells like a sewer, you may be having a leak. Call the professionals at 847-250-6729 for plumbing service in Wheeling.