My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

To stop rancid odors, you should grind up food scraps without delay with cold water and operate your disposal long enough. Usually, 30 seconds will do the trick.

Don’t dump coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, as they lead to drainage issues and unpleasant odors. While bleach appears to be a good idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food bits in your pipes, leading to obstructions.

Our Tempe plumbing Experts advise using one of these natural 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 control smells.

If your garbage disposal smells like sewage, you might be having a leak. Contact the pros at 623-243-4517 for plumbing service in Tempe.