My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

To skip rancid odors, you should grind up food refuse immediately with cold water and use your disposal long enough. Typically, 30 seconds will take care of it.

Don’t dump coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, as they result in drainage troubles and unpleasant smells. While bleach feels like a smart idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food bits in your pipes, creating blockages.

Our Hilton Head Island plumbing Experts advise doing one of these chemical-free blends 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 use garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to get rid of scents.

If your garbage disposal smells like sewage, you may be having a leak. Call the pros at 843-619-3781 for plumbing service in Hilton Head Island.