My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To skip rancid odors, you should grind up food refuse immediately with cold water and use your disposal long enough. Usually, 30 seconds will do the trick.

Stop dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, since they create drainage problems and unpleasant odors. While bleach appears to be a smart idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food residue in your pipes, leading to blockages.

Our Waukegan plumbing Experts suggest trying one of these green mixtures weekly to keep your disposal smelling fresh:

  • Hot water and baking soda
  • Hot water and dish soap
  • Hot water and vinegar

You can also buy garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to get rid of scents.

If your garbage disposal smells like a sewer, you could be experiencing a leak. Call the professionals at 847-306-8730 for plumbing service in Waukegan.