My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

To avoid stinky scents, you should grind up food refuse without delay with cold water and run your disposal long enough. Generally, 30 seconds will do it.

Stop dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, as they create drainage issues and foul odors. While bleach seems like a great idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food scraps in your pipes, leading to blockages.

Our Austin plumbing Experts advise trying one of these natural mixtures weekly to keep your disposal smelling good:

  • 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 get rid of odors.

If your garbage disposal smells like a sewer, you could be dealing with a leak. Contact the pros at 512-596-1257 for plumbing service in Austin.