My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

To avoid stinky odors, you should grind up food pieces immediately with cold water and run your disposal long enough. Usually, 30 seconds will do it.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, since they result in drainage problems and foul smells. While bleach appears to be a great idea for cleaning your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food bits in your pipes, leading to blockages.

Our Tempe plumbing Experts suggest trying one of these chemical-free blends weekly to keep your disposal smelling fresh:

  • 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 manage smells.

If your garbage disposal has a sewer smell, you could be dealing with a leak. Get in touch with the pros at 602-906-0111 for plumbing service in Tempe.

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