My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

To avoid unpleasant scents, you should grind up food pieces immediately with cold water and run your disposal long enough. Usually, 30 seconds will do the trick.

Don’t dump coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, since they create drainage issues and bad smells. While bleach feels like a great idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food scraps in your pipes, leading to blockages.

Our Memphis plumbing Experts recommend trying one of these natural combinations 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 get rid of smells.

If your garbage disposal smells like a sewer, you could be having a leak. Call the specialists at 901-235-1196 for plumbing service in Memphis.