My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

To stop unpleasant scents, you should grind up food scraps right away with cold water and run your disposal long enough. Typically, 30 seconds will take care of it.

Stop dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they result in drainage problems and foul scents. While bleach feels like a good idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food residue in your pipes, creating clogs.

Our Columbia plumbing Experts recommend doing one of these green combos every 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 scents.

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