My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

To stop rancid scents, you should grind up food refuse immediately with cold water and run your disposal long enough. Typically, 30 seconds will do it.

Stop dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they result in drainage issues and unpleasant smells. While bleach feels like a wise idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food residue in your pipes, leading to blockages.

Our Richmond plumbing Experts recommend doing one of these natural combos weekly to keep your disposal smelling good:

  • 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 control odors.

If your garbage disposal has a sewer smell, you may be dealing with a leak. Contact the Experts at 804-548-4480 for plumbing service in Richmond.