Taken care of the “Doo-dee”

As a Full-Time RVer there are just some things that have to be taken care of on a regular basis that most people don’t really give a second thought too. One of those things is taking care of human waste. Yes, there’s more to it than go and flush when you live in an RV. Even when you have a full-hook up there are still extra steps to be taken to ensure things are hygienic and properly done.

Since being in our RV this has become a weekly “doo-dee” (LOL, pardon the pun) for me mostly, to make sure that the tank is properly cleaned & flushed and ready for another week. Unfortunately, it’s not something that can just be left open and drain on its own for several reasons that I won’t go into details on, yuck!

shitter_full_cousin_eddieI do have to find some humor with it though and each week I get a picture in my head of Cousin Eddie from the movie Christmas Vacation standing out on the curb in his bathrobe exclaiming “Shitter was full!” And I have to chuckle to myself as I get through with this most unpleasant, but necessary task.

Along with emptying the tank there is also maintenance that has to be done to it after each cleaning to ensure that any “unpleasant” smells will not waft into our small and enclosed home. First there is the “special” very expensive paper that has to be used, then there is the many different commercial treatments, powders, drop-ins, colored chemicals, and funky thick liquids to add that are supposed to make sure things are “pleasant” and will help things to flush out properly without getting clogged.

The reason for my post today is not to gross you out, maybe get a chuckle on my behalf and be thankful you don’t have my weekly “job”. But I wanted to share a few things I have learned that have helped in this area without the use of expensive, toxic chemicals. Maybe you have a weekend trailer or live full-time in your RV also. I discovered this all-natural method that works better than the chemicals when I ran out of our normal treatment and didn’t have the money to go buy any more of these costly add ins. So I used what I had in my cupboard. I have perfected my recipe over the last few months and even in our Texas 100+ degree heat I have found this to work far better than anything I have bought yet.  It has worked better than the commercial treatments to eliminate the odors, and I have had no problems with clogs or undissolved paper stopping up the exits. Unfortunately, we still have to buy the expensive paper, but I found the Scott Rapid Dissolve Bath Tissue has the best value for the money and works very well with this recipe.

My All-Natural RV tank treatment.
Add this to your tank after each cleaning along with enough water to just cover the bottom of your tank, maybe 2 quarts or so. These measurements are approximate as I’m more of just dump it in and eyeball it. 🙂

1/2 -1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Epsom Salt
1 cup BORAX
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1 Cap-full of essential Oil (I like to use Pine Needle Essential Oil)
1 cup White Distilled Vinegar

I pour each of the dry ingredients into the bowl first. Then I add the essential oil to the powder ingredients. I use the cheaper brand oils for household tasks like this, but I use my Young Living Essential Oils for medicinal, aromatherapy, and/or topical uses. Then I add the white vinegar and add water into the bowl and using the bowl scrubber I stir it around to dissolve the powder ingredients. Once its all dissolved I flush the bowl, then refill it will water again to rinse the scrubber brush, then flush again. I then clean the seat, lid & bowl with my Thieves Essential Oil Household Cleaner. (Please contact me if you would like some more information about it.)

To freshen things up during the week, I keep a spray bottle under the bathroom sink with a 4:1 ratio of white vinegar to water, 1/2 cup baking soda, and a cap full of the Pine Needle Essential Oil. I use this mixture to clean the bowl with during the week. You just want to avoid any bleach products or any other commercial product with bleach. **WARNING*** Bleach mixing with the ammonia in urine can cause very toxic and deadly fumes. So NEVER mix bleach with ammonia products!

I hope that this recipe will be of help to others, and if you have found a method or all natural remedy you use to keep your RV tank clean, fresh, and flowing good, share with us in the comments below. I would love to hear what others have been successful using so that we all may benefit by helping to share our knowledge and personal experiences with each other.

Till next time,

Rachele T.