My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To avoid stinky scents, you should grind up food scraps immediately with cold water and operate 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 issues 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 chemical-free combinations 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 eliminate scents.

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