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Old 04-20-2015, 07:03 AM   #15
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How about posting your homemade deodorizer recipe, Tommie?

Some came with our first RV in 2002, but I used it up and then went to pods.

I recall it including laundry detergent.....



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Old 04-20-2015, 09:47 AM   #16
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Black Water Holding Tank Deodorizer

Black Water Holding Tank Deodorizer

1 CUP Purex 2

1/2 CUP Pinesol

3 TBLS household ammonia

Mix in one gallon jug, add half gallon hot water, swish around and add hot water to fill.

Place two cups in holding tank after dumping and filling with a few gallons of water. Makes 8 treatments for 55 gallon tank.

I also pour about 1/2 cup into all the sinks and shower, wash down with a small amount of water so as to leave some in the trap. This prevents any smells from developing in the traps from sitting in my garage for a month or so when not on the road.

And, after cooking with oil, when cool, I will pour this in the toilet, which I think lubricates the toilet seal.
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Bleach plus ammonia?! Deadly chlorine gas!! Look out. Peace,Jim
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Not to be totally contrary but grease can solidify and plug things up. Sorry, I'm not trying to be a jerk! Peace,jim
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:18 AM   #19
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A goodly amount of Clorox alone will take all offensive odors out of a well maintained waste tank.


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the workings inside a black tankare akin to those in a septic tank at home. you want the bacteria and enzymes to work their natural processes to digest the waste while contained there.

the last thing you want to add is bleach or anything else to kill off the process.

we'll often use an enzyme helper like this - http://www.amazon.com/Walex-BIO-1153.../dp/B00157TGXY - available at Camping World, WalMart, or your other favorite RV or marine supplier.

the enzyme with a few gallons of water in the bottom of a freshly dumped black tank does a fine job of keeping things fresh.

and, as mentioned above, please don't mix ammonia and bleach at any time, for any purpose....

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Old 04-20-2015, 12:34 PM   #21
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I disagree.

I want no stink and no rot in my trailer.

The bacteria and enzymes can do their work after the chlorine has evaporated and the waste is out of my trailer and in a sewer or septic system.

A goodly amount of chlorine will break that crap down, make the water close to clear, and take the stink away.

One thing I really dont like about trailers is the notion that they must smell like either crap or the blue treatment stuff....

I really prefer no odor or a mild chlorine smell.


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I disagree.

I want no stink and no rot in my trailer.

The bacteria and enzymes can do their work after the chlorine has evaporated and the waste is out of my trailer and in a sewer or septic system.


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My first thought was....isn't Purex laundry detergent?

I looked it up, and yes it is.

Purex 2 includes a non-chlorine, color safe bleach, or one could use plain Purex.

Sounds safe to me.....and I am a huge fan of basic PineSol.

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My first thought was....isn't Purex laundry detergent?

I looked it up, and yes it is.

Purex 2 includes a non-chlorine, color safe bleach, or one could use plain Purex.

Sounds safe to me.....and I am a huge fan of basic PineSol.

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If Purex is non chlorine then there should be no problem, and I stand corrected. Peace,jin
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the workings inside a black tankare akin to those in a septic tank at home. you want the bacteria and enzymes to work their natural processes to digest the waste while contained there.
I don't agree. Your septic system breaks down stuff so the effluent can go out to your leach field. You pump out your tank every few years, so those solids need to decompose.

Your AS black tank gets dumped out every few days- maybe a week. That's a very different situation. The real decomposition happens at the dump station.

The free samples that came with our AS claim to be biodegradable, etc., and we only add them if we notice an odor.
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Here is the mix we use. It is somewhat similar to Msmoto's. I got it from a friend that had been full-timing for 10 yrs. 1 part each : Liquid Wisk, Liquid Downy, Pine-Sol and 1/4 part lemon Ammonia. (I suspect any liquid laundry soap would work for the Wisk.) We add about 1/2 cup to the bowl and plenty of water then flush after each dump. If odor persists or returns add more mix. It will separate so shaking before use is necessary. I mix a gallon or two and carry with us. A smaller flip-top bottle of the mix kept in the shower is handy for use.

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I too don't drink the water. I use bottled water for drinking and (when I get around to it) cooking.
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