My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

To stop unpleasant odors, you should grind up food scraps right away with cold water and run your disposal long enough. Typically, 30 seconds will do the trick.

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they cause drainage issues and unpleasant odors. While bleach seems like a wise idea for cleaning your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food bits in your pipes, creating clogs.

Our Canada plumbing Experts suggest trying one of these natural mixtures every week to keep your disposal smelling good:

  • 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 get rid of odors.

If your garbage disposal smells like sewage, you might be having a leak. Call the Experts at 866-397-3787 for plumbing service in Canada.

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