My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

To avoid stinky odors, you should grind up food refuse immediately with cold water and operate your disposal long enough. Typically, 30 seconds will do it.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they lead to drainage problems and bad odors. While bleach feels like a great idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food residue in your pipes, resulting in blockages.

Our Roanoke plumbing Experts recommend trying one of these natural mixtures 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 control smells.

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