My Garbage Disposal Smells. What Can I Do?

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

Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, since they create drainage problems and bad odors. While bleach seems like a good idea for cleaning your garbage disposal, it stiffens grease and other food scraps in your pipes, leading to blockages.

Our Jackson plumbing Experts advise trying one of these natural mixtures each week to keep your disposal smelling fresh:

  • 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 control smells.

If your garbage disposal has a sewer smell, you might be experiencing a leak. Call the professionals at 601-852-3105 for plumbing service in Jackson.

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