My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Do I Do?

To stop rancid odors, you should grind up food refuse without delay with cold water and run your disposal long enough. Usually, 30 seconds will do it.

Don’t dump coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they create drainage problems and bad smells. While bleach appears to be a great idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food bits in your pipes, leading to obstructions.

Our Champaign plumbing Experts suggest using one of these green combinations every week to keep your disposal smelling pleasant:

  • 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 scents.

If your garbage disposal has a sewer smell, you may be dealing with a leak. Contact the pros at 217-689-2469 for plumbing service in Champaign.