My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

To skip rancid odors, you should grind up food refuse right away with cold water and run your disposal long enough. Usually, 30 seconds will do it.

Stop dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, as they create drainage problems and unpleasant scents. While bleach appears to be a great idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food bits in your pipes, resulting in obstructions.

Our Champaign plumbing Experts suggest using one of these chemical-free blends every week to keep your disposal smelling good:

  • 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 eliminate scents.

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