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.

Don’t dump coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they result in drainage troubles and foul scents. While bleach appears to be a smart idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food bits in your pipes, leading to obstructions.

Our Charleston plumbing Experts recommend trying one of these chemical-free mixtures each 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 take care of scents.

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