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Old 08-20-2015, 11:20 PM   #1
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Using vinegar and soda to clean gray water tank

Has any one used vinegar and soda to clean out gray water tank?
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Old 08-20-2015, 11:29 PM   #2
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Fill mine 1/3 full, add 2 clothes washing detergent pods and drive home. I can dump mine behind the barn before putting the TT inside.
You can reverse that scenerio by adding water and soap pods before leaving home for the camp ground and dump as soon as you arrive.
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Old 08-21-2015, 09:21 AM   #3
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Not sure how vinegar (dilute Acetic Acid about 5%) or "soda" (typically a VERY dilute mix of Carbonic Acid, Citric Acid, and Phosphoric Acid - in Colas mostly) mixed together will dissolve hair, food, and soap scum.

You would be far better off IMO, with a "base" solution as opposed to an acid one. That is why drain cleaners are mostly lye (Sodium Hydroxide), like Draino. If you need to dissolve a hairball on your sensors, use liquid Draino diluted 1 part Draino to 4 Parts water (ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS add the Draino to the water NOT the other way around unless you would prefer a different and not better face). Add about 5 gallons of cool water to the tank and then add the diluted Draino to the tank; fill it and let it sit for 24 hours; then drain it.

Never use it undiluted and NEVER the Draino powder with aluminum bits in it. The powder will get VERY hot and could melt your plastic tank and plumbing.
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Old 08-21-2015, 09:33 AM   #4
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Draino powder and aluminum makes heat? Ouch!

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I do a black tank flush then add 2 cups bleach to the black tank and fill it with water.
I do the same with the gray tanks, flush them out then add 2 cups bleach and fill with water. I'll let them sit for a few days then when I think about it I'll drain them.
I've never had any stink issues.
Simple and easy to do
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Bleach in not a cleaner and only a sanitizer. It is also extremely corrosive and will damage the plastic over time. It is one of the most misused products. There are far better products to use that will cause no damage and will clean the tank.
On the bleach subject but a bit different be careful how much you add to the fresh tank as it will damage the water lines. A little goes a long way and a lot will not do a better job.
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Draino powder and aluminum makes heat? Ouch!

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Aluminum and any oxidizer or reducer is always a real crowd pleaser.

Mixing aluminum granules with rust (Iron Oxide) makes Thermite

Mixing aluminum powder with potassium perchlorate makes the star shell/M-80 filling that goes BOOM (Fireworks).

Mixing aluminum powder with sulphur powder makes a GREAT solid rocket fuel.

I could go on, but you get the idea.
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So Herk how long have you been blowing stuff up. It sounds like fun. Maybe a event at next years rally?
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So Herk how long have you been blowing stuff up. It sounds like fun. Maybe a event at next years rally?
Been blowing stuff up since I was 14.

Made a career out of it in the Air Force

LOTS harder to get the "good stuff" these days.

As to Bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite), it WILL dissolve hair (and flesh for that matter) but pretty much full strength is needed and as stated will most certainly damage stuff you don't want damaged.
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So, Herk, have you looked down the street lately at the Homeland Security Car!
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