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. Typically, 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 appears to be a smart idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food bits in your pipes, resulting in obstructions.

Our Boise plumbing Experts advise trying one of these green combinations each week to keep your disposal smelling pleasant:

  • 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 could be having a leak. Get in touch with the specialists at 208-488-4892 for plumbing service in Boise.