My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To skip rancid scents, you should grind up food scraps right away with cold water and run your disposal long enough. Usually, 30 seconds will do the trick.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they lead to drainage issues and unpleasant smells. While bleach seems like a good idea for cleaning your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food residue in your pipes, creating clogs.

Our North America plumbing Experts suggest using one of these natural combos 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 odors.

If your garbage disposal has a sewer smell, you might be having a leak. Reach the pros at 866-397-3787 for plumbing service in North America.

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