How to Keep a Camping Toilet from Smelling | All You Need To Know

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There are a few things you want to keep in mind when you're planning to go camping. One of them is finding a nice site to camp. You may want to think about how you're going to keep your camping toilet from smelling. It's not an easy task, but if you are prepared, you can keep your toilet from smelling while you're camping.

When you spend time in nature, you know that what you're going to need is a good time. There's nothing quite like camping in the outdoors. There's a lot of camping to do these days, but you never know what comes up. For example, taking a trip to the wilderness can mean that something is bound to go wrong. That's where a camping toilet plays an important part. If you're not careful, your camping toilet can smell up the whole site. This blog will give you some advice on how to keep your camping toilet from smelling.

Clean Your Bowl and Lid Regularly

Allowing your camping toilet to become dirty and smelly is not something you want to have happen while you're out enjoying nature, especially if you have kids with you! One quick way to keep your camping toilet smelling fresh and clean is to make sure that both the bowl and lid are cleaned regularly. Make sure that they don't get wet at all, and if they do, make sure that you wipe them down immediately. If possible, leave your toilet outside overnight (or longer) before cleaning it in order to dry it out completely.

Dispose of Waste Properly

When using your toilet, always dispose of its contents properly. Depending on where you live, disposing of human waste might be illegal in certain areas, so it's best to use a portable toilet instead. However, even though it may seem easier to just flush everything away down the toilet and forget about it, you will still need to find a dump station or hopefully you will be on a campground that dispose of waste for you. If you dispose of human waste incorrectly, then you could end up contaminating local water supplies and causing problems for wildlife.

Change the Soap Often

Soaps are great for keeping things clean, but they also contribute heavily to the creation of odor-causing bacteria. When you're planning out what type of soap you're going to use, make sure that you choose something that's biodegradable and natural rather than traditional soap. Other tips include rinsing off after using the bathroom and putting the lid back on tightly. Also, don't place the lid directly over the bowl, since condensation forms inside and dries out the air in the bottom of the tent. If you're worried about children getting their hands wet, you can always use disposable paper towels and/or washable ones.

Use the Right Scent for your camping toilets

If you're planning on leaving your toilet unattended for long amounts of time, you might consider adding some scent to it to mask any odors that might develop. You can easily add scented oils to your toilet like lavender oil, which helps block smells and creates a relaxing atmosphere. However, you shouldn't use scents that are too strong, since they may cause people to feel uncomfortable around the toilet.

Don't Overfill

One thing that tends to exacerbate problem odors in restrooms is people who overfill the toilet. Since the toilet tank usually holds roughly 5 gallons of liquid, if you fill it past capacity, it won't empty correctly. If the toilet overflows, it's likely to create a mess, and if it happens often enough, it can damage your plumbing system and cause a number of other problems. In addition, filling the toilet past capacity can cause pressure within the pipes to build up, which could eventually lead to leaks. Always refill the toilet to no more than half full to prevent these kinds of problems.

A 5 gallon tank is usually enough to flush any indoor or outdoor toilet.

Disinfect The Tank Before Use to avoid odor

Before using your portable toilet, wipe down the tank with soap and water to prevent bacteria build-up. Once you use the toilet, empty the contents and rinse out the bowl and lid. Let the unit sit undisturbed before reusing.

Regularly Air Out Your Portable Toilet to avoid lingering odor

The smell of human feces is actually caused by bacteria breaking down human waste. When people visit bathrooms, they leave behind their own waste products and microbes take advantage of these leftovers. The waste begins to decompose, producing ammonia gas, hydrogen sulfide, and methane. These gases give off odors that permeate throughout our campsites if left untreated.

Use Charcoal Deodorizers

If you are camping and your toilet smells bad, there are a couple of things you can do to make it smell better. First, you can use charcoal deodorizers. Charcoal is a natural deodorizer and helps to neutralize bad smells. To make the charcoal last, you can dry it out and put it in a small bag. You can also just throw it away and get a new one. Another option is to buy an electric deodorizer. These types of deodorizers are typically found in stores that sell camping gear. You can also just use a small amount of bleach. However, the bleach can potentially harm your family and children, so you should use this option with caution.

Have Plenty Of Ventilation

Air flow is one of the first steps to keeping the smell down. The air should be free enough to keep away moisture, but not so dry that the smell lingers. If you have a portable toilet, consider having it vented directly outside. If you don't, try using a fan.


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A smelly camping toilet can be a big problem when you're trying to enjoy the great outdoors. There are a few things you can do to avoid this problem. First, make sure the toilet is clean before you use it. Secondly, don't put anything in the toilet that doesn't belong there. Finally, if you do have a smelly camping toilet, try to air it out as much as possible.

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