My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

To avoid unpleasant odors, you should grind up food pieces without delay 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 result in drainage issues and bad scents. While bleach feels like a great idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food bits in your pipes, leading to blockages.

Our Clearwater plumbing Experts recommend trying one of these green blends each week 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 manage smells.

If your garbage disposal has a sewer smell, you could be experiencing a leak. Get in touch with the pros at 727-219-2471 for plumbing service in Clearwater.