My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

To avoid unpleasant smells, you should grind up food scraps immediately 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, as they create drainage troubles and bad scents. While bleach seems like a good idea for cleaning your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food residue in your pipes, creating blockages.

Our West Palm Beach plumbing Experts recommend doing 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 buy garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to control odors.

If your garbage disposal has a sewer smell, you might be dealing with a leak. Get in touch with the professionals at 561-629-1826 for plumbing service in West Palm Beach.