My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To stop stinky smells, you should grind up food pieces without delay with cold water and operate your disposal long enough. Usually, 30 seconds will take care of it.

Stop dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they lead to drainage problems and foul odors. While bleach appears to be a wise idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food residue in your pipes, creating clogs.

Our Birmingham plumbing Experts suggest using one of these chemical-free combos weekly to keep your disposal smelling pleasant:

  • 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 smells.

If your garbage disposal smells like sewage, you may be having a leak. Call the professionals at 205-267-0023 for plumbing service in Birmingham.