My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

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

Stop dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they lead to drainage problems and bad smells. While bleach seems like a smart idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food residue in your pipes, creating clogs.

Our Naples plumbing Experts advise trying one of these chemical-free 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 take care of odors.

If your garbage disposal smells like a sewer, you could be having a leak. Reach the professionals at 239-908-6991 for plumbing service in Naples.