My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

To skip stinky smells, you should grind up food pieces without delay with cold water and operate your disposal long enough. Generally, 30 seconds will do it.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they cause drainage issues and unpleasant odors. While bleach seems like a smart idea for cleaning your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food residue in your pipes, leading to blockages.

Our Columbus plumbing Experts recommend trying one of these chemical-free combos every week to keep your disposal smelling fresh:

  • 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 has a sewer smell, you may be having a leak. Call the Experts at 614-334-3192 for plumbing service in Columbus.