My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

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

Stop dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, since they result in drainage troubles and unpleasant smells. While bleach appears to be a good idea for rinsing your garbage disposal, it solidifies grease and other food bits in your pipes, leading to clogs.

Our Kansas City plumbing Experts advise doing one of these chemical-free 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 manage 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.