My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

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

Stop dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they result in drainage issues and foul smells. While bleach appears to be a smart idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food scraps in your pipes, leading to obstructions.

Our Charleston plumbing Experts recommend trying 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 buy garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to manage scents.

If your garbage disposal has a sewer smell, you could be having a leak. Reach the pros at 843-410-6103 for plumbing service in Charleston.