My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To avoid rancid odors, you should grind up food scraps without delay with cold water and operate 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 bad scents. While bleach appears to be a wise idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food bits in your pipes, creating obstructions.

Our Fort Myers plumbing Experts advise trying one of these natural blends 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 control smells.

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