My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To avoid unpleasant odors, you should grind up food pieces right away with cold water and run your disposal long enough. Generally, 30 seconds will do it.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, as they lead to drainage issues and foul smells. While bleach seems like a smart idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food scraps in your pipes, resulting in clogs.

Our Denver plumbing Experts suggest doing one of these green combinations 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 eliminate scents.

If your garbage disposal smells like sewage, you may be experiencing a leak. Contact the professionals at 303-647-5853 for plumbing service in Denver.