My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To stop stinky odors, you should grind up food refuse immediately with cold water and run your disposal long enough. Typically, 30 seconds will do the trick.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they result in drainage issues and foul smells. While bleach seems like a wise idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food residue in your pipes, creating blockages.

Our Raleigh plumbing Experts advise using one of these natural mixtures weekly to keep your disposal smelling fresh:

  • Hot water and baking soda
  • Hot water and dish soap
  • Hot water and vinegar

You can also buy garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to eliminate smells.

If your garbage disposal has a sewer smell, you could be dealing with a leak. Call the Experts at 919-578-4329 for plumbing service in Raleigh.