My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

To skip stinky smells, you should grind up food refuse immediately with cold water and operate your disposal long enough. Generally, 30 seconds will do it.

Don’t dump coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, since they result in drainage issues and unpleasant scents. While bleach feels like a good idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food bits in your pipes, resulting in clogs.

Our Kansas City plumbing Experts advise trying one of these green mixtures 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 take care of odors.

If your garbage disposal smells like a sewer, you may be dealing with a leak. Get in touch with the professionals at 816-787-0500 for plumbing service in Kansas City.

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