4 Tips for Avoiding Common Garbage Disposal Smells

Smelly Garbage Disposal Solutions

Plumbing odors and how to avoid them

Have you been noticing a scary plumbing stench coming from your garbage disposal?

Garbage disposal stench can arise from a specific incident, such as a meal that uses strongly scented items like onions and garlic.  Yet sometimes a disposal can begin to smell without any warning at all. In either instance, it’s important to know how to kill the odor quickly before it spreads to the entire kitchen and you find yourself trying to deodorizing the whole room.

Here are Four Simple Tips to Rid Your Home of the Smell or Better Yet Avoid Them Altogether!

  1. Keep your garbage disposal in good working order by putting ice cubes in the disposal to keep the blades clean of debris.
  2. Grind up citrus fruits in the disposal for a fresh citrus smell.
  3. Use a specially designed disposal brush to remove hard to reach deposits that cause odors and food build-up.
  4. Turn on the garbage disposal and pour 1 cup of dry baking soda down, along with a cup of distilled white vinegar, to help remove strong odors. In a pinch, vinegar can be used on its own along with cool water.


To minimize smells, always run cold water when grinding items in the garbage disposal.

By going through this home plumbing checklist, you can identify small issues before they become large issues. If this doesn't solve the problem, it may be time to give Alligator Plumbing a call.