My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

To stop unpleasant smells, you should grind up food pieces right away with cold water and use your disposal long enough. Usually, 30 seconds will do it.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, as they cause drainage troubles and bad scents. While bleach appears to be a smart idea for cleaning your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food scraps in your pipes, leading to blockages.

Our East Syracuse plumbing Experts recommend using one of these chemical-free mixtures weekly to keep your disposal smelling good:

  • 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 eliminate smells.

If your garbage disposal smells like sewage, you could be dealing with a leak. Reach the professionals at 315-313-6531 for plumbing service in East Syracuse.