My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To skip unpleasant odors, you should grind up food scraps immediately with cold water and operate your disposal long enough. Usually, 30 seconds will do it.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, since they result in drainage problems and foul scents. While bleach feels like a wise idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food bits in your pipes, leading to blockages.

Our Cocoa plumbing Experts suggest using one of these natural mixtures weekly to keep your disposal smelling good:

  • Hot water and baking soda
  • Hot water and dish soap
  • Hot water and vinegar

You can also use garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to control scents.

If your garbage disposal smells like a sewer, you could be dealing with a leak. Call the professionals at 321-428-7635 for plumbing service in Cocoa.