My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Should I Do?

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

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, since they create drainage problems and unpleasant scents. While bleach appears to be a great idea for freshening your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food residue in your pipes, leading to obstructions.

Our Long Island plumbing Experts recommend doing one of these natural mixtures each week to keep your disposal smelling good:

  • 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 eliminate smells.

If your garbage disposal smells like a sewer, you could be having a leak. Contact the professionals at 631-406-9220 for plumbing service in Long Island.

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