My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

To avoid rancid smells, you should grind up food pieces immediately with cold water and run your disposal long enough. Typically, 30 seconds will do the trick.

Stop dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, as they create drainage problems and foul smells. While bleach feels like a good idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food residue in your pipes, leading to clogs.

Our Shreveport plumbing Experts suggest using one of these natural combinations weekly to keep your disposal smelling pleasant:

  • 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 control scents.

If your garbage disposal has a sewer smell, you may be dealing with a leak. Reach the pros at 318-588-8163 for plumbing service in Shreveport.