Treatment for a Portable Toilet

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Portable toilets come in all shapes and sizes.
Portable toilets come in all shapes and sizes. (Image: Porta Potty image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

There are several treatments available to use in your portable toilet, just as there are several types of portable toilets. These range from a seat placed over a bucket lined with a black plastic bag to the ones housed in recreational vehicles and campers. Portable toilets are a convenience when camping or attending large events.

Facts

Portable toilets have various uses, including those found at major events, parades, fairs, festivals and other large gatherings. The treatment for portable toilets allows for the control of odor and the breakdown of waste. Dumpsites may restrict the type of treatments used in your portable toilet system. For instance, most condemn the use of ammonia since it interferes with the natural biological processes in septic tanks.

Roadside portable toilets
Roadside portable toilets (Image: portable toilets image by itsallgood from Fotolia.com)

Features

Many manufacturers recommend biological treatments for portable toilets. You can make your own toilet treatment from products found in your local grocery store. However, homemade recipes call for household chemicals--something not recommended. Commercial treatments for portable toilets are biodegradable, environmentally safe, economical, and effective at eliminating odor. Using a biodegradable, organic treatment includes prevention of ground water pollution and increases the ability to drain effectively.

Biological treatments for portable toilets can prevent pollution of ground water.
Biological treatments for portable toilets can prevent pollution of ground water. (Image: salicorne montante image by Cathy17 from Fotolia.com)

Significance

Many states closely monitor the use of chemicals such as ammonia, bleach, disinfectants, pine cleaners, and others. If traveling, be sure you check with the dump sites about the chemicals allowed prior to dumping. To be safe, it is wiser to use biodegradable, biologically safe treatments. Biological treatments work with the feces, urine, toilet paper, and flushable wipes to create a liquid sludge rather than a solid mass.

Considerations

Every manufactured product must include a list of ingredients. In some cases, you may be able to review the material safety data sheet (MSDS); check with the manufacturer. Look for products made for the safety of the environment, providing full disclosure with no hidden ingredients.

Warning

Always practice caution when using portable toilet treatments. Natural ingredients can cause skin rashes, burn your eyes, and irritate your lungs if inhaled. Always wear gloves, keep it away from your eyes, and prevent ingestion or inhalation. If any of these things occur, flush the area and seek medical assistance. Read the directions completely to ensure proper use and disposal of the containers.

Wear gloves
Wear gloves (Image: rubber gloves image by AGphotographer from Fotolia.com)

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