My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

To skip unpleasant smells, you should grind up food pieces immediately with cold water and run your disposal long enough. Generally, 30 seconds will do the trick.

Don’t dump coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, since they create drainage issues and bad scents. While bleach seems like a smart idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food scraps in your pipes, resulting in clogs.

Our Atlanta plumbing Experts suggest using one of these chemical-free mixtures weekly to keep your disposal smelling pleasant:

  • 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 take care of smells.

If your garbage disposal has a sewer smell, you may be dealing with a leak. Call the pros at 678-235-9699 for plumbing service in Atlanta.