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Old 06-14-2012, 06:48 AM   #1
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I have searched, with no luck, for the thread on a homemade solution to put in your black tank. I think it had bleach and a water softener.Can anyone help.
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The geo method.....

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This works!
I used this on our boat to remove about 8 years buildup from the tank and it came out looking like a new tank! I couldn't believe it.....
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Thanks Bob. Your the man.I was going to go by memory but the older I gets...
It's a good thing I asked. I forgot about the laundry detergent.
Thanks again Bob.
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Another simple cheap green method

One word.............Ridex

It is an enzyme method, no phosphates, no bleach, less water, easier.
One advantage is...you never have to get your tank totally clean, the enzymes want something to eat. It kills the bad bacteria ( that smells )and keeps the good bacteria
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Ridex is basically yeast. I pot a packet in my septic tank every week. I haven't tried it in the trailer yet though.
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Question:

If I use the GeoMethod, what do I do in-between treatments. The article say to do with every 4-10 tank dumps.
Plain water? Seems like I would need something for the
smell?
Our black is small, 72 Tradewind, should I 1/2 the mixture?
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We really like the little blue oxy pods you can buy at Walmart.

Drop one in and it works real well, small and easy to carry.


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Question:

If I use the GeoMethod, what do I do in-between treatments. The article say to do with every 4-10 tank dumps.
Plain water? Seems like I would need something for the
smell?
Our black is small, 72 Tradewind, should I 1/2 the mixture?
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Jane,

I've only done it once several years ago.
Now I just add a 1/4 cup of Dawn in both tanks and the "green" Aqua-Stuff in the black.
I'm able to dump the tanks at home, and the tank flush works much better on city water pressure. SFSG.

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I'll run the Geo method by my staff microbiologist. I thought until I clicked on the link you mean you take an old GM Geo, shred it, and then add it to the tank.

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My parents used a solution of Lysol, 20 Mule Team Borax. I'm sorry, I don't remember the proportions anymore: maybe 1/2 cup Lysol, 1 cup Borax. Mix it in a gallon jug with water to the top. Give it a shake every time you use it and use 2 cups in the black water tank. It's cheap but doesn't work in really hot weather all that well. We used it for awhile, but have reverted to boughten stuff. I like the granular TSP the best.

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A fulltimer / friend we met in Valdez, AK gave me this recipe and we've used it for 5-6 yrs and friends use it, too. It holds odors down and digests solids as well : 1 cup liq Wisk laundry detergent, 1 cup liq Downy fab softener, 1 cup Pine Sol, 1/4 cup lemon Ammonia with water to make 1 gal. solution. Use 2 cups per treatment. If odors persist we just add more solution. I have recently mixed the solution without water and just add water to the bowl and add full strength and flush. It also works to clean the toilet. It needs to be shaken before using as separation can occur. It smells clean, too
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AMMONIA!!! I knew I was missing an ingredient in that recipe I gave: add ammonia to the mix also. It was a 1/2 cup of ammonia, a cup of 20 Mule Team Borax, and a cup of Lysol. Add water to make a gallon, and use 2 cups. Farmer Dans actually sounds more like that Geo method above and perhaps would clean your sensors. I may have to try one of those....

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AMMONIA!!! I knew I was missing an ingredient in that recipe I gave: add ammonia to the mix also. It was a 1/2 cup of ammonia, a cup of 20 Mule Team Borax, and a cup of Lysol. Add water to make a gallon, and use 2 cups. Farmer Dans actually sounds more like that Geo method above and perhaps would clean your sensors. I may have to try one of those....

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Remember people,,,,,,, Never mix ammonia and bleach! Very very bad.

I posted above that the mix of fabric softener, Tide and bleach worked well to clean a heavily soiled boat blackwater tank and it did! After cleaning the tank we are maintaining it (and the tank on our Bambi) with Odorlos. Natural enzymes do the work and the tank stays very clean now. On the boat the tank is translucent so you can see the results. You need to flush all of the bleach out before you switch to the Odorlos or it will not work. Much safer for the septic sustems that receive the tank contents too.
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