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Old 02-14-2019, 11:19 AM   #1
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What type of Chemicals do you use in Black Tank?

Many of us have been RVing for many years or even decades and I thought with all you folks here we may a general consensus of what works well in the Black Tank to breakup the toilet paper and solids as well as maintain odor control

I have used liquids, powders, tablets and pouches over the years and have not really found 1 I really liked 100%
They all worked I guess but then again I flush and fill and flush and fill my Black Water tank many times when out for a month or two.
My DW jokes about it saying "Out Black Water Tank is Spring Time Fresh ALL THE TIME" LOL

With chemicals to breakup solids, paper and control odors I usually flush before I put my motorhome in storage a few months. I also use my water Jet cleaner that has been working well with the multi-flushing the tank.
I also fill the Black Water Tank 1/3 full of fresh water and chemical to help until my next big trip.

I'm considering starting to use Valterra Blue Pure Power because its a liquid and comes in a gallon jug and good for 64 x 2oz per gallon.
$26 -$29 a Gallon

Valterra Pure Power Blue - V23128

Chemical-free, biodegradable treatment prevents odors and clogs by breaking down waste in black-water and gray-water tanks.
Two ounces treats a 40-gallon tank

  • Treatment helps prevent odors and clogs in your RV black-water tank and gray-water tank
  • Chemical-free, biodegradable biological enzyme/bacterial formula breaks down waste, toilet paper, grease, and soap scum
  • BioBlastPlus odor control technology works in all temperature conditions
  • 2 Ounces treats up to 40-gallon tank
    • Recommended for treating your tanks before camping or first use of your RV's toilet
  • Fresh clean scent
  • Made in the USA
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OK so with all this said...
The questions I ask is what type of chemicals do you regularly and how you keep your tank clean and Spring Time Fresh?
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Old 02-14-2019, 11:26 AM   #2
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I use the TST Orange flavored toilet mints (that's what I call them).

Mostly just as a deodorizer.

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Old 02-14-2019, 11:28 AM   #3
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Geo Method..

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Old 02-14-2019, 11:46 AM   #4
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I use nothing and have no issues. Tank sensors all work. 50 gal black tank in the 5th wheel and it gets dumped once a week then filled and drained at least twice with clean water. A clear elbow lets me know when the tank is clean.

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Old 02-14-2019, 11:50 AM   #5
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I use RV version of Rid X in grey and black. Works well all sensors still work.
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Old 02-14-2019, 12:02 PM   #6
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I use Blue Streak and fill the Blue Streak dispensing tank 50/50 their chemical and water. When I dump I turn on the cleanout first then pull the dump handle. After dump, close the dump and fill the tank one time and then dump again. Close dump and allow cleanout to put some water back into tank. No issues with sensors or any other issues since new (2012).
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Old 02-14-2019, 12:21 PM   #7
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I've been using Oxy-Kem for 3 years, no tank or sensor issues.
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Old 02-14-2019, 12:25 PM   #8
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We supplement the CAMCO tank solution with 1 cup Dawn detergent and 1 cup Calgon water softener. Been doing this for over a year based on suggestion from a friend. have had no smell or clogging issues since we started using this combination.
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Old 02-14-2019, 12:34 PM   #9
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Nothing or geo method.

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Old 02-14-2019, 12:46 PM   #10
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Over the years I've used toss in packets, open and pour in packets, "pods". and all colors of liquids. Some worked, some didn't. I've now settled on this:

Easy to use with the self measuring bottle which can be refilled from larger gallon sized. No smell and sensors work great.

I'm sure there are others but this has worked best for me in all kinds of weather and even for extended periods between tank dumps. When my wife stayed in my old TT when visiting the grand kids sometimes the tank didn't get dumped for up to a month. Believe me, if there was any inside odor she would have let me know.

When I need some entertainment I check to see what Amazon is selling at the time. Fun to read the manufacturer's claims. They all claim THEIRS works best. Of course the same holds true for us. Whatever we buy is the best, right?

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