My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To avoid rancid scents, you should grind up food scraps immediately with cold water and use your disposal long enough. Generally, 30 seconds will do it.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, as they create drainage troubles and foul scents. While bleach appears to be a great idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food bits in your pipes, resulting in clogs.

Our Concord plumbing Experts recommend trying one of these green blends weekly 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 control scents.

If your garbage disposal smells like a sewer, you might be experiencing a leak. Contact the specialists at 925-384-1303 for plumbing service in Concord.