How To Deodorize a Portable Toilet?

How To Deodorize a Portable Toilet?

June 15, 2022

We all understand the importance of cleaning the toilets in our homes. Portable toilets often get overlooked, though, with terrible consequences. Portable toilets used in Porta-Potties, RVs, trailers, and boats are all different, but all need regular cleaning and maintenance. When left untreated and not properly cleaned, these portable toilets can become contaminated with clogs and nauseous odors. The fact that portable toilets are often in very small spaces increases the chances of terrible odors. The following cleaning tips will help you keep your portable toilet deodorized and fresh. Let’s take a look at how to clean a portable toilet. 

Clean Surfaces Thoroughly

Most portable toilets do not have reliable water sources nearby. This makes it even more important for you to keep surfaces wiped down and cleaned with surface cleaners. White vinegar provides a strong cleaning agent without tons of chemicals and can break down sludge. The gunk that can accumulate on walls also responds well to vinegar. When you eliminate the gunk, you will eliminate much of the smell. The gunk brings the smell. When you properly clean the surfaces in the portable toilet, you will also improve the appearance of the space.

Get Sun Exposure

In addition to thoroughly cleaning the surfaces, take some time to get sunshine into the portable toilet. When the toilet is not being used, open it up to let the sunshine inside. This allows odors to escape and will also help kill more bacteria. Many types of bacteria cannot thrive in direct sunlight. Thirty minutes of sun exposure can work wonders for your portable toilet.

Treat the Holding Tank

The real odors are coming from the holding tank. It is very important to deodorize the holding tank regularly. It is not necessary to get down in the tank to get it deodorized, thankfully. You can use a deodorizing pod. These products can be dropped into the holding tank. As it dissolves, it will work to remove a lot of unwanted odors. You may have wondered what chemicals are used in a porta potty, or why is the liquid blue in a porta potty? Special deodorizing chemicals are added so that smells do not accumulate inside the tank. This is as much for the freshness of the toilet as it is for safety. A build-up of toilet fumes can actually be dangerous if left untreated. 

Keep Up Your Dumping Schedule

A portable toilet is not connected to a septic system, so it must be emptied manually. It is vital that you do not allow the tank to become overly full. Once the tank becomes overly full, it can be very difficult to get it completely empty. This will result in a gunk build-up which will create worsening odors. It is usually a good idea to get a professional out to empty your portable toilet. Remember, there are rules and regulations concerning where the tank can be safely emptied. Be sure to comply with your community’s ordinances concerning tank contents.


It is not always necessary to have professionals come in to clean your portable toilet, even if you do need them to empty it occasionally. With the use of the right cleaning products and the right cleaning schedule, you should be able to manage cleaning and deodorizing your portable toilet yourself. Cleaning products do not need to be expensive to be effective. Do not underestimate the power of vinegar, fresh air, sunshine, and portable toilet odor treatments.

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