My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

To avoid rancid scents, you should grind up food scraps right away with cold water and operate your disposal long enough. Generally, 30 seconds will take care of it.

Don’t dump coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, as they lead to drainage troubles and foul scents. While bleach appears to be a wise idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food scraps in your pipes, creating blockages.

Our Nashville plumbing Experts advise using one of these chemical-free combos 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 get garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to get rid of odors.

If your garbage disposal smells like a sewer, you might be experiencing a leak. Call the specialists at 615-953-9885 for plumbing service in Nashville.