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 do it.

Stop dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, since they result in drainage problems and foul odors. While bleach feels like a smart idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food scraps in your pipes, resulting in blockages.

Our Boise plumbing Experts suggest doing one of these chemical-free combinations 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 buy garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to get rid of odors.

If your garbage disposal has a sewer smell, you may be experiencing a leak. Get in touch with the specialists at 208-488-4892 for plumbing service in Boise.