My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To stop stinky odors, you should grind up food refuse without delay with cold water and run your disposal long enough. Generally, 30 seconds will do the trick.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they create drainage troubles and unpleasant smells. While bleach appears to be a smart idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food scraps in your pipes, creating clogs.

Our Gainesville plumbing Experts suggest trying one of these natural combos weekly to keep your disposal smelling fresh:

  • 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 take care of smells.

If your garbage disposal has a sewer smell, you may be dealing with a leak. Contact the specialists at 352-414-4006 for plumbing service in Gainesville.