My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To skip rancid scents, you should grind up food pieces right away with cold water and operate your disposal long enough. Typically, 30 seconds will do the trick.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, as they lead to drainage issues and bad scents. While bleach feels like a wise idea for cleaning your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food scraps in your pipes, resulting in clogs.

Our Jacksonville plumbing Experts recommend doing one of these chemical-free blends every week to keep your disposal smelling good:

  • 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 manage scents.

If your garbage disposal has a sewer smell, you could be dealing with a leak. Call the professionals at 904-450-5672 for plumbing service in Jacksonville.