My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

To avoid stinky scents, you should grind up food pieces immediately with cold water and use 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, because they lead to drainage problems and bad odors. While bleach appears to be a great idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food scraps in your pipes, creating clogs.

Our Fort Worth plumbing Experts suggest using one of these chemical-free combos every week to keep your disposal smelling pleasant:

  • 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 odors.

If your garbage disposal smells like sewage, you may be having a leak. Call the professionals at 817-380-5647 for plumbing service in Fort Worth.