My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

To skip rancid scents, you should grind up food pieces right away with cold water and use your disposal long enough. Generally, 30 seconds will take care of it.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they create drainage issues and bad odors. While bleach seems like a wise idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food scraps in your pipes, leading to obstructions.

Our Waldorf plumbing Experts advise doing one of these green combinations every week to keep your disposal smelling pleasant:

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

You can also use garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to get rid of odors.

If your garbage disposal smells like a sewer, you may be dealing with a leak. Get in touch with the pros at 301-747-3140 for plumbing service in Waldorf.