My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

To skip stinky scents, you should grind up food scraps immediately with cold water and use your disposal long enough. Typically, 30 seconds will take care of it.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they lead to drainage troubles and bad odors. While bleach appears to be a great idea for cleaning your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food bits in your pipes, leading to obstructions.

Our Knoxville plumbing Experts suggest trying one of these chemical-free combinations each week to keep your disposal smelling pleasant:

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

You can also get garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to get rid of scents.

If your garbage disposal has a sewer smell, you may be experiencing a leak. Get in touch with the pros at 865-229-6176 for plumbing service in Knoxville.