My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

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

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, since they create drainage issues and bad scents. While bleach seems like a smart idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food bits in your pipes, creating clogs.

Our Louisville plumbing Experts recommend doing one of these green mixtures weekly to keep your disposal smelling good:

  • 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 control scents.

If your garbage disposal smells like a sewer, you might be having a leak. Call the professionals at 502-785-8230 for plumbing service in Louisville.