My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To avoid stinky smells, you should grind up food scraps immediately with cold water and use your disposal long enough. Typically, 30 seconds will do the trick.

Don’t dump coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, since they lead to drainage troubles and unpleasant odors. While bleach seems like a wise idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food bits in your pipes, leading to blockages.

Our Austin plumbing Experts suggest trying one of these green blends weekly 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 control odors.

If your garbage disposal smells like a sewer, you might be dealing with a leak. Get in touch with the specialists at 512-592-3072 for plumbing service in Austin.