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Old 04-15-2014, 05:57 PM   #1
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Bleach in black tank

Thinking of putting bleach in tank to clean ect anyone done this I don't see anything it would hurt but thought I would ask you all what you think.
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Think of your black tank as a plastic item! I would recommend dish soap... At all times so it can slash around and do its job.....
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I have used bleach in both black and grey tanks for several years. Every trip to the grocery store I buy a gallon and pour it into the tanks, haven't had any odor problems like I used to have using the "official" type stuff...
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Think of your black tank as a plastic item! I would recommend dish soap... At all times so it can slash around and do its job.....
I do the same, just make sure no forks etc are in the pan. I use Dove to do dishes and it helps.
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Although I mainly use just dish washing liquid and lots of water... I do occasionally pour a cup or so of bleach into the black tank... along with lots of fresh water. I'm concerned about too high a concentration damaging the rubber seals.

Some say that using any bleach at all is a bad idea because it kills beneficial bacteria in the tank. I guess I'm one of those who think of it more as a holding tank than a septic tank... and therefore want to just keep it as clean as I can.

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Old 04-15-2014, 07:42 PM   #6
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While many say they do it all the time, I would not want to even try it, in a black tank especially. A black tank will most likely contain some urine, and that urine contains ammonia. Ammonia and chlorine don't play well together. For a description of what happens see Mixing Bleach and Ammonia - Why You Shouldn't Mix Bleach and Ammonia
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Not to redirect this post, but we just tried a product called Pure Power Blue Bio-Pouch... We could not believe the immediate difference in the lack of odors with this product! I would be very hesitant to pour bleach into my holding tanks!!
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I use a product called "Happy Camper" and have had good results. No smells, no problems. With the bowl about half full, just use about 2 scoops in the toilet and use the toilet brush, to clean the bowl & rim. Flush the mixture down the drain. The bacteria will eat the solids and keep everything smelling good. Don't empty the black tank at every stop. Wait as long as you can (about 4 days for us). By not emptying at every stop, you allow the motion of the RV, to slosh the stuff around, which helps break up the solids and paper. You can "Google" Happy Camper and order online.
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Bleach can have a negative effect on certain types of plastics and elastomers. Better check the materials for compatibility with bleach.

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Well I was just looking at once in a while I agree on seals did not think of them may go happy camper I have seen it I have always used just lots of water but still seems like it needs a little more thanks for replies
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Why would someone want to spend money to clean and sterilize something they will crap in hours later? I use the cheapest solvent known, WATER, and lots of it. No odors from the tank when any solids are covered with water. For verification, visit escapees.com and read what full-timers do, and don't do.
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Please do not use bleach in your tanks! I did and had to replace three valves. After a while, it will eat the seals. Replacing valves is not fun.
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I use a product called "Happy Camper" and have had good results. No smells, no problems. With the bowl about half full, just use about 2 scoops in the toilet and use the toilet brush, to clean the bowl & rim. Flush the mixture down the drain. The bacteria will eat the solids and keep everything smelling good. Don't empty the black tank at every stop. Wait as long as you can (about 4 days for us). By not emptying at every stop, you allow the motion of the RV, to slosh the stuff around, which helps break up the solids and paper. You can "Google" Happy Camper and order online.
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Bleach is counterproductive to holding tank health.
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We've switched to RV Digest-it made by Unique and have had no problems at all. No odors at all and seems to dissolve everything.
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