My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

To stop unpleasant odors, you should grind up food refuse immediately with cold water and operate your disposal long enough. Typically, 30 seconds will take care of it.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, since they lead to drainage troubles and bad smells. While bleach feels like a great idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food residue in your pipes, leading to obstructions.

Our Fort Lauderdale plumbing Experts recommend doing one of these green combos each week to keep your disposal smelling good:

  • 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 scents.

If your garbage disposal smells like sewage, you could be dealing with a leak. Call the specialists at 954-736-4314 for plumbing service in Fort Lauderdale.