My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

To skip stinky odors, you should grind up food pieces immediately with cold water and use your disposal long enough. Typically, 30 seconds will do the trick.

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

Our Grand Island plumbing Experts advise using 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 take care of odors.

If your garbage disposal smells like sewage, you may be dealing with a leak. Contact the Experts at 308-210-4398 for plumbing service in Grand Island.