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Eliminating RV Sewage Smell

by Holly mcbeth
(Austin tx)

Eliminating RV Sewage Smell

Eliminating RV Sewage Smell

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I'm a professional motorcoach driver. (Tour bus) We do use the blue enzyme packets that are available from Walmart etc. in the pool care section. Although these do have deodorizer in them, their primary function is to break down solid waste so it doesn't clog the drain.. it is very important to remember to tear the gel packet so the blue powder can release...otherwise they don't work at all. I use a rubber glove to do this because the blue dye will stain your hands. These are useful, but the included deodorizer is really no match for the smell after a short while.

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The remedy is very simple: add a couple of cups of DOWNY! No kidding...on a commercial bus trip with 56 people on board, this takes care of the offensive smell for up to 3 days, or when the tank is full and has to be dropped! And who doesn't like the smell of Downey?

The cherry on top of the sundae is this: Downy is biodegradable, and will not harm any seals (no, not the animals, the ones in the drain pipes) I have tried the cheaper fabric softeners...but they only work for about a minute.

Happy trails, and happy smells!


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Porta Pot odors
by: Anonymous

While this may not seem to eliminate the odor problem, it works well, especially with urine which is what is the main cause of the odor. Add about 1/4 cup of ammonia to the tank and that will take care of the problem.

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Downy use.
by: Anonymous

Can you use downy in a porta potty?

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Downy
by: Ron

I have a portable toilet,Do you put the downy inside the water tank for flushing or in the tank where toilet dumps into ? You said it helps keep stuff from sticking. That's why I was thinking you put it in the flushing part of the tank. Thank you


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Deodorizer packets
by: Anonymous

I didn't think you were supposed to cut open the packets. Don't they dissolve once they hit water? Just wondering?

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Downey
by: Tazman


Downey Liquid Fabric Softener

The other benefit of Downey is it prevents anything from sticking to the sides. Either one works scented or not.

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Downey
by: Anonymous

Yes, the scented downey

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Downy?
by: Anonymous

Is this the one with the fragrance or can I use fragrance free. I am allergic to fragrances. I’d rather put up with a temporary smell of sewer than the headache from the fragrance. I also use Snow Fresh enzyme in my tank and it works well

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The blue packs
by: Anonymous


Porta-PAC Holding Tank Toilet Treatment

One brand of blue packs is "Porta-PAC" made by a company called "walex", but there are several on the market. You can find them in either the camping department, or with swimming pool supplies. Their primary function is to break down paper and waste so it won't clog.

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Blue packs
by: Anonymous

What are these blue packs you are talking about do you have a brand or spacific name of the product? Thanks for the Downey tip.

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