My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To avoid stinky odors, you should grind up food pieces 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 cause drainage problems and unpleasant odors. While bleach feels like a great idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food residue in your pipes, resulting in obstructions.

Our Roanoke plumbing Experts recommend doing one of these natural mixtures every week to keep your disposal smelling good:

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

You can also get garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to control scents.

If your garbage disposal smells like sewage, you could be dealing with a leak. Call the specialists at 540-302-8645 for plumbing service in Roanoke.