My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To skip rancid scents, 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 cause drainage troubles and foul smells. While bleach seems like a smart idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food bits in your pipes, leading to clogs.

Our Elkhart plumbing Experts advise trying one of these chemical-free mixtures 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 get garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to take care of scents.

If your garbage disposal smells like a sewer, you could be dealing with a leak. Contact the specialists at 574-218-6404 for plumbing service in Elkhart.

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