My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

To stop stinky smells, you should grind up food pieces 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, as they result in drainage troubles and foul scents. While bleach seems like a good idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food bits in your pipes, leading to clogs.

Our the Wasatch Front region plumbing Experts advise doing one of these green mixtures every week to keep your disposal smelling fresh:

  • 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 get rid of smells.

If your garbage disposal has a sewer smell, you could be having a leak. Contact the pros at 801-436-8985 for plumbing service in the Wasatch Front region.