My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To avoid rancid 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 issues and unpleasant odors. While bleach seems like a wise idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food bits in your pipes, leading to obstructions.

Our Austin plumbing Experts advise doing one of these chemical-free 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 eliminate odors.

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