Camper Toilet Odour

Does the toilet in your motor home or caravan stink? Use an additive or deodorizer.

A motorhome or caravan is a wonderful way to go on holiday. Everything you need during your holiday can be brought along in your little mobile cocoon. From a kitchenette to a simple toilet. It does not matter where you are, you have everything available. The ultimate freedom. However, there are also a number of things that work slightly differently than you are used to at home. Toilets and other sanitary facilities in your camper or caravan are connected to a holding tank. Unlike a sewage system, there are a number of things you need to take into account. In this article we will explain how the waste water tank works, how you can best maintain it and how you can solve and prevent odours.

How does a waste water tank work in a motor home or caravan?

The waste water tank of your camper or caravan is meant to store the waste water, or in this case the black waste water, so that you do not have to discharge the waste water (illegally). The mobile toilet in a camper or caravan is connected to a cassette into which the black water is discharged. This cassette should of course be emptied and cleaned every so often, but what many people do not know is that a degradation process is already underway in the waste water tank. This happens because of the micro-organisms present in the tank, which break down the impurities in the wastewater. Chemicals are often dosed to slow this down.

What causes the toilet in the RV to stink?

The breakdown of the black water in your mobile waste water tank is therefore a natural process that starts automatically. However, this is broken down by anaerobic bacteria. These are the very bacteria that, while breaking down the impurities in the water, also give off that rotten egg smell. These micro-organisms ensure that the toilet in your motor home or caravan starts to stink.

How can I eliminate the smell from the toilet in my camper or caravan?

Many people use chemical products to solve the smell. This obviously works, but it is not good for the environment and they are dangerous for children. If the campsite or motorhome site has its own water purification system then the chemicals are a disaster for the efficiency of that water purification system. 

Fortunately, there is also a effective, biological solution. We have products in our range that work on the basis of aerobic (non-smelly) bacteria instead of anaerobic bacteria that give off this nasty smell. For example our Products Roebic Black Water and the Bio-Septic Tabs. This product Rapidly breaks down odours, faeces, paper, grease, etc. in waste water. This turns your waste water tank into a mini biological water purification!

Roebic Black Water Holding Tank Treatment

Roebic Black Water is specially designed for the maintenance of the holding tank which is connected to your toilet. This unique product contains patented bacteria that the stench from the tank against by the anaerobic (smelly) bacteria to tackle and a nice smell.

Roebic Black Water
Bio-Septic Tabs

Bio-Septic Tabs. Tackles stench in your toilet.

Would you like to get rid of the stench of the toilet in your camper or caravan? Then you can use the product above. We also offer an equally powerful and more compact solution. The Bio-Septic Tabs. Much easier to take with you and also very handy when you have problems with the smell during a long holiday with your camper/caravan.

How do I prevent stench from the toilet?

The bacteria that break down the impurities in the wastewater are a biological way of breaking down the wastewater, but they are also very fragile. There are a number of reasons why the aerobic (non-smelly) bacteria can be disturbed and the anaerobic (smelly) bacteria can take over. This is easy to prevent by including the following things to watch:

  • Excessive use of toilet paperBy excessively flushing paper down the toilet, the decomposing bacteria have to work hard at breaking it down. If they can no longer cope with this, the bacteria can no longer cope with the decomposition and the odour and blockage arise. Advice: Try to limit the use of toilet paper as much as possible, or make sure that you throw the toilet paper in a waste bin.
  • Use of biological toilet cleaners instead of chlorinated onesUse your aerobic bacteria in your tank. Be that careful with toilet cleaners that contain chlorine. These are excellent for killing bacteria but, as the name suggests, are not very conducive to the aerobic bacteria working in the tank. Try using an organic toilet cleaner when cleaning the toilet. These contain no chlorine and therefore have no effect on the action of the microorganisms in your holding tank.
  • Empty your waste water tank regularlyIt’s a bit of a long shot, but if you don’t empty your holding tank often enough, it can also cause unpleasant odours. Make sure you empty your holding tank regularly. Especially at higher temperatures when it can start to swelter in the tank. This prevents clogging and unpleasant odours taking over your entire motor home or caravan.
  • Dose a product against stench!: Roebic Black Water and the Bio-Septic Tabs contain a large number of aerobic bacteria. This ensures that the dirty water is broken down without a foul odor in your camper / caravan.

As you can read above, a toilet holding tank needs a different approach than the regular toilet connected to the municipal sewage system. Do you have any questions about the maintenance of the toilet and the holding tank in your motor home or caravan? Then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our recommended products for maintenance and cleaning of holding tanks

At Dutch Water Tech we have a wide range of products for maintaining and cleaning the waste water tank of your motorhome, caravan or boat. In addition, we also offer products that solve and prevent clogged pipes and odours.