My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

To skip rancid scents, you should grind up food scraps right away 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 lead to drainage issues and foul scents. While bleach seems like a smart idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food scraps in your pipes, leading to clogs.

Our Elkhart plumbing Experts suggest trying one of these chemical-free mixtures 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 manage smells.

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