My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

To skip rancid odors, you should grind up food scraps right away with cold water and run your disposal long enough. Usually, 30 seconds will do it.

Stop dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they lead to drainage issues and bad odors. While bleach feels like a good idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food bits in your pipes, creating clogs.

Our Charlotte plumbing Experts advise trying one of these natural 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 get garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to eliminate odors.

If your garbage disposal smells like a sewer, you may be dealing with a leak. Call the specialists at 704-705-8135 for plumbing service in Charlotte.