Clean RV Black Tank

by | Sep 22, 2017

We all probably will agree, that cleaning a black tank can be a chore and not the most pleasant experience. Unfortunately, if you own an RV, it’s just one of those necessary things that must be done from time to time. This isn’t about dumping your black tank, but the steps needed to clean that icky gunk that builds up in the black tank overtime. One clear indicator that you need to do a thorough black tank cleaning is incorrect tank sensor readings. If you dump your black tank and still show a full or partially full tank, then a good scrubbing is needed to clean RV black tank. The best method we’ve found is to use a cleaning wand specifically designed for RV blank tanks. We shown the model we used in the notes below.

Minimize Tank Build Up

Having a functional black tank is more than just doing an occasional deep clean. You should also be aware of what you put in the tank. We discuss the type of RV toilet paper we use and explain how this can make a big difference to minimize tank build up.

Using an Enzyme Organic Tank Treatment

We also discuss the use of a good enzyme tank additive in the black tank.  We have been using various enzymes for over 5 years including Happy Campers and Unique RV RV Digest-It powder for hot climates.  These enzymes work naturally and don’t have that perfume smell. We found using these enzymes can make a big difference in keeping black tank build up to a minimum as well and reducing odor from the tank.

Products discussed:

Camco 40074 Flexible Swivel StikCamco 40074 Flexible Swivel Stik We use this handy tool to clean dislodge and flush those stubborn waste deposits and odor-causing particles left in the black tank after it’s emptied. For our needs, the flexible section is perfect for use with holding tanks that are offset from the toilet.

Camco 39432 C-Do 2 Clear 45 Degree Hose Adapter Camco 45 Degree Hose Adapter This simple item allows you to monitor your black tank waster to ensure the tank flows clear before you close the release valve. This is helpful if you have a blank tank flush system allowing you to see the black tank outflow until the water becomes clear.

Scott Rapid-Dissolving Toilet TissueScott Rapid-Dissolving Toilet Paper. 4 Rolls (Pack of 12): It probably goes without say, but not all toilet paper is the same. This really holds true when it comes to an RV and managing your black tank. Household toilet paper isn’t designed to dissolve quickly and may cause a stoppage when you dump your tank. We found the Scott Rapid-Dissolving Toilet Tissue to not only be comfortable paper to use, reasonably priced, but dissolves quickly in the black tank. We purchase a case at a time offering the best savings.

RV Digest-It Powder Hot Weather Unique RV Digest-It Holding Tank Treatment – 30 Treatment Powder | for Hot Weather Climates We’ve found RV Digest-It is another great option for black tank treatment. This formula works great in hotter climates. Once added, it immediately starts digesting solid waste and toilet paper. At less than $.85 a tank treatment, we found to be an excellent alternative to the heavily perfumed treatments. Formaldehyde-free formula that is safe for your family and the environment.

RV Digest-It Powder Hot Weather Formula Unique RV Digest-It Holding Tank Treatment – 120 Treatment Powder | for Hot Weather Climates Same product as listed above, but 120 treatments and a value at less than $.65 a black tank treatment.

RV Digest-It Tank Treatment RV Digest-It Tank Treatment 32 oz This is another RV black tank enzyme that we have used. This is a good alternative for those who prefer liquid tank treatments over powered. No perfume and good results. See our video abut RV Digest-It at

Happy Campers Organic RV Holding Tank TreatmentHappy Campers Organic RV Holding Tank Treatment – 130 Treatments There are a number of ways to treat your RV blank tank. We prefer a solution that doesn’t mask the smell with perfumes. We found Happy Campers Organic RV Holding Tank Treatment eliminates odors and provides a biodegradable, environmentally friendly solution to maintain your black tank. Not only does it eliminate odors, but liquefies solid waste including tissue.

Happy Campers Black Tank TreatmentHappy Campers Organic RV Holding Tank Treatment – 18 Treatments  Receive the latest updates from I Love RV Life! Sign up to receive an email notification as we post new RV travels, RV tips and information about RV life in general. It’s simple. Just enter your name and email address on the right side of the page and click subscribe.


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