Why Is My Garbage Disposal Stinky?

Posted on: June 7, 2016

garbage disposalDo you have a smelly kitchen?  If the odors are coming from your garbage disposal, we have a few tips that will help your nose feel better.  Considering what you push down your in-sink garbage disposal unit, it is not unusual for it to retain some odors over time.

Garbage disposals are intended to be self-cleaning, but often, they are not run long enough to finish their job.  Many people will shut off the unit as soon as the sound of crushing food stops.  We recommend running the garbage disposal for about 5 seconds after the grinding noises stop.  This will ensure that all the food particles and remnants will be pushed out into the drain pipes.

According to InSinkErator, one of the largest garbage disposal manufacturers, here are some easy steps to keep your unit humming along and smelling sweet.

  1.    Fill your sink with several inches of hot water and with some dish detergent.  Turn on your disposal and let it drain the sink.
  2.    Throw some ice cubes and a handful of kosher salt into the unit and run it through.  The ice cubes knock food particles off the grinder, and the salt scrubs the sides.
  3.    Throw in some lemon peels into the garbage disposal and it would help with the odor.
  4.    If not, pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain and add a one-cup vinegar chaser.  Let it fizzle for about 10 minutes and flush thoroughly.

If you have continuing problems with your garbage disposal we invite you to call the plumbing experts at Midway Services.  We provide flat rate pricing and guarantee all our work 100%.  Since 1957, we have provided the highest quality plumbing services to the entire Tampa Bay area.



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