My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To skip unpleasant scents, you should grind up food scraps without delay with cold water and run 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, because they result in drainage problems and foul smells. While bleach feels like a smart idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food residue in your pipes, creating clogs.

Our Columbia plumbing Experts recommend trying one of these green combos each 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 eliminate smells.

If your garbage disposal smells like sewage, you may be experiencing a leak. Get in touch with the Experts at 803-399-7208 for plumbing service in Columbia.