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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


Features:
  • 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.

Itís going great, why do you ask?!
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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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Old 02-14-2019, 01:44 PM   #11
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We have used just about every product and practice over the last 35 years, including Geo method and nothing at all.

We mainly boondock for weeks at a time, so a deodorant is sometimes necessary, especially in the summer. For us, Odorlos is the best in this area.

For all around tank maintenance, we find Oxy-kem to be as beneficial as Geo Method, and a lot simpler/cheaper. When the tank sensors (gray and black) start gunking up, we will fill the empty tanks and put in a couple of Oxy-kems and go to our next destination. Amazing the stuff that comes out Trust me, I was very surprised that this product performed as well as it does.

Remember, your tanks are holding tanks, not septic tanks. Rarely is there enough time for anything to actually break down. So, in my opinion, most products are simply wasted.

The key to black tank maint? Water, water, water.
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Old 02-14-2019, 01:46 PM   #12
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I don't add anything to my waste tanks. When you dump your tank with chemicals in it . You degrade the natural breakdown in sewage plants by killing the bacteria needed to break down the wasre. Just use an adequate amount of water when flushing toet and do not use the fan as it will pull fumes from your tank. Don't flush paper towels or wet wipes as they plug up macerater at treatment plants.
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We use this stuff: TankTechsRx - RV Holding Tank Treatment & Cleaner - 33.8 ounce = 68 treatments - All Natural Probiotics for RV, marine, camping, portable toilets
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Old 02-14-2019, 01:55 PM   #14
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This works for us. (We have full-timed since 2010.)

Powdered Lavender Gain detergent 3 cups
Rid-ex a healthy sprinkle
I fill the toilet with water, mix everything in and flush.

I dump once a week and rinse the black tank until the clear elbow shows only clean clear water.
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Old 02-14-2019, 01:55 PM   #15
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We use this stuff: TankTechsRx - RV Holding Tank Treatment & Cleaner - 33.8 ounce = 68 treatments - All Natural Probiotics for RV, marine, camping, portable toilets



I have read about this stuff and want to start using it. Are you happy with it?
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I don't add anything to my waste tanks. When you dump your tank with chemicals in it . You degrade the natural breakdown in sewage plants by killing the bacteria needed to break down the wasre. Just use an adequate amount of water when flushing toet and do not use the fan as it will pull fumes from your tank. Don't flush paper towels or wet wipes as they plug up macerater at treatment plants.
I would agree with you if RV tank treatments still contained chemicals in the formaldehyde family. Most no longer do, and it is simple to find those that are specifically formaldehyde free. Many states have banned any products containing these chemicals.

And it's good to be concerned about how you affect the municipal treatment plants, but a little unfounded.

My BIL inspected these plants, and nothing you can put into and get out of your RV tanks will even be noticed at a treatment plant. You would not believe the items that get through sewer systems to the plants!

There is not much that gets through initial filters that can harm those macerators. They wouldn't even notice cloth rags. And there are many filters for drugs and chemicals that are flushed by unconcerned folks.

RV tank contents are the least of treatment plant concerns.......
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No concoctions of dishwashing detergent or bath oil here. Just plain ol' RID-X and WALEX packet if an odor develops. Never any problems with sensors, or dumping.
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I have read about this stuff and want to start using it. Are you happy with it?
It was highly recommended to me by someone who serviced tanks. He wasn't selling it to me, just recommending it for regular use.

I bought some and used it but didn't really know if it worked any better or worse than other products I had used in the past.
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GEO method and Blue Streak dispenser mixed 50/50.
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I have been using Valterra Pure Power Blue for about 3 years and it works great for me.
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