My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

To avoid stinky scents, you should grind up food refuse right away with cold water and run your disposal long enough. Generally, 30 seconds will do it.

Don’t dump coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they create drainage troubles and foul odors. While bleach seems like a great idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food scraps in your pipes, resulting in obstructions.

Our Austin plumbing Experts suggest trying one of these natural mixtures 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 get rid of odors.

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