My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To avoid rancid odors, you should grind up food scraps without delay with cold water and use your disposal long enough. Typically, 30 seconds will do it.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they result in drainage troubles and unpleasant smells. While bleach feels like a wise idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food bits in your pipes, creating blockages.

Our Fort Myers plumbing Experts advise trying one of these natural combinations each 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 eliminate scents.

If your garbage disposal smells like a sewer, you may be having a leak. Call the professionals at 239-908-6991 for plumbing service in Fort Myers.