My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

To skip unpleasant scents, you should grind up food scraps right away with cold water and use your disposal long enough. Generally, 30 seconds will take care of it.

Stop dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, since they result in drainage problems and bad smells. While bleach appears to be a great idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food scraps in your pipes, leading to clogs.

Our Gaithersburg plumbing Experts advise trying one of these green blends each week to keep your disposal smelling pleasant:

  • 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 control odors.

If your garbage disposal smells like a sewer, you could be having a leak. Contact the specialists at 301-476-4577 for plumbing service in Gaithersburg.