Using bleach in a waste holding tank

aero3113aero3113 Long Island, NYPosts: 419Member ✭✭✭
I found this article on the web and thought you guys would find it interesting. After curing the smell in my water tank I decided to put a little bit of bleach in my wast tank (after i serviced it). Once I put the bleach in I was asking myself if it was a good idea or not, so I went home and searched the net. There are a lot of posts that bleach will stop the natural breakdown of waste but then I found this. http://www.myoldrv.com/?p=600
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  • pepmysterpepmyster Posts: 235Member ✭✭✭
    I want to do this this week-end. Just to give a good cleaning in the waste holding tank. Can only help,and, will never hurt it. I am going to pour the bleach into the tank from the exit hose connection. NOT the toilet! Don't want to damage any seals.

    All I've wanted was to just have fun.

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  • aero3113aero3113 Long Island, NYPosts: 419Member ✭✭✭
    Yes, that's what I did. (Put it in the tank not the toilet)
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  • raybo3raybo3 Revere MAPosts: 1,358Moderator ✭✭✭✭
    I would not use bleach. This is why they make headzime and other products....
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  • Black_DiamondBlack_Diamond Holland, MichiganPosts: 2,350Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Ice cubes to 'clean'. Big Orange for the smell.

    2003 342FV "Black Diamond", PC BYC, Holland, MI
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  • pepmysterpepmyster Posts: 235Member ✭✭✭
    Ice cubes????????

    All I've wanted was to just have fun.

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  • Black_DiamondBlack_Diamond Holland, MichiganPosts: 2,350Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Ice cubes in the tank. Go for a ride and they break up the stuff inside from moving around and just melt away.

    2003 342FV "Black Diamond", PC BYC, Holland, MI
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  • raybo3raybo3 Revere MAPosts: 1,358Moderator ✭✭✭✭
    I use ice cubes in the bilge and I also you ice cubes in coffee pot's....
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  • Gin_TimeGin_Time Posts: 14Member
    And they are great in iced tea also!!! :)
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  • flashdancerflashdancer Posts: 2Member
    I DID PUT BLEACH IN THE TOILET BUT IN THE BOWL AND A VISIT TO THE HOSPITAL SO NO I WONT DO THAT AGAIN IN THE TOILET BUT FROM THE OUTTER TANK... LESSON LEARNED.. LOL
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  • BabyboomerBabyboomer Louisville KyPosts: 915Member, Moderator ✭✭✭✭
    A gallon of vinegar pour it in take a ride before you pump out does wonders 

    Slip 866 Sunset Marina Byrdstown Tn
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  • TikiHut2TikiHut2 Sarasota, FlPosts: 1,431Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited July 2013
    So a gallon of beer run through my personal refinery to extract the alcohol won't have the same effect as vinegar??? Geez, that's news to me but I accept it. :D

    Note to self....drain chlorine from water system and move to waste tank but don't add vinegar+chlorine or I get deadly gas.......far more deadly than an all-u-can-eat burrito buffet.  %-(

    Mike
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  • rmrstlmormrstlmo Posts: 93Member ✭✭
    I want to try the vinegar.  Can it be flushed?

    Ray

    2000 340 FV

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  • BabyboomerBabyboomer Louisville KyPosts: 915Member, Moderator ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2013
    rmrstlmo said:
    I want to try the vinegar.  Can it be flushed?
    Yes it also cleans the hoses here are more uses
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  • BabyboomerBabyboomer Louisville KyPosts: 915Member, Moderator ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2013
    Just found this
    Chlorine or bleach is used to disinfect/sanitize the freshwater tanks/lines. Vinegar is used to minimize the buildup of calcium and mineral deposts in the tank and water lines. I use 1/4-1/2 c of bleach per 15gal of water 1-2 times per year, let sit 2-4 hrs then flush and 1/2-1 cup of generic white vinegar per gal of water, let sit 4 hrs then flush, 1-2 times per year. You can also use 1/2-1 cup of baking powder mixed with 1 gal of warm/hot water pored into your freshwater tank and run through all lines. Helps neutralize the bleach or vinegar smell if present. On occasion I've done both the bleach and vinegar procedure at the same time but have flushed everything with fresh water between procedures. 
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