Camping toilet deodorisers

Toilet deodorisers are a must-have for your camping Porta Potty. Even if you just urinate into the Potty, after several days they can be a bit “on the nose” when the flap into the cannister is opened.

Always remember where you are emptying your toilet cannister. You cannot empty into a system with septic tanks as any chemical or additive can kill the bacteria in septic tanks that keep the tanks running smoothly. The same goes with “long-drop” toilets and any other out of town area toilets. They all run on special systems that require bacteria.

If you are camping “out bush” you don’t want to be adding bad chemicals from your cannister into the soil.

First of all there are several commercial products available, mainly from caravan and camping shops. But they can be quite expensive, and not always as good as they indicate. If you are in an area away from shops for several weeks it is one product you really don’t want to be without.

Therefore if you do run out, below are some simple homemade recipes you can try that are mainly made from products found in many homes. Of course, you do have to also take these products with you as you leave home, just in case you need them.

Toilet tents

It seems like “roughing it” is way in the past because camping sites often contain their very own toilet tent. Most of all they come in a lot of sizes, but usually compact and quite private.

Homemade toilet deodorisers 

Consequently if you run out of a commercial brand here are some simple recipes to try.

Pour into the clean toilet cannister after each empty.

Recipe # 1

  • 1 litre Pine-O-Clean
  • 1 litre Cloudy Ammonia
  • cup Borax
  • 1 litre Warm Water.

Mix well and pour a cup or two into your toilet cannister.

Recipe # 2

  • 100ml MYO Disinfectant (I had never heard of MYO until I searched the supermarket shelves)
  • 1 cup Borax – dissolve in hot water
  • 1 cup Ammonia
  • Add water to make up two litres.

Use 120ml to 150ml after each toilet empty.

Recipe # 3

  • 1 lid or 2 tablespoons Nappy Treatment
  • 1/2 litre warm water

(Cheap Nappy Treatment like Woolies Nappy Treatment Plus or Coles Napicare Plus).

Pour into the empty cannister after each empty.

Recipe # 4

Mix together

  • Bottle Ammonia
  • Bottle Eucalyptus
  • Borax

This seems quite a strong recipe, particularly with a bottle of ammonia (usually about a litre) and bottle of eucalyptus. Unfortunately I don’t have the quantities but you can always experiment to see what works for you.

Recipe # 5

This is an easy one – Downy Fabric Softener.

Couple of cups in the tank and is as good, if not better, than anything else.

In Australia, I ordered online through e-Bay and it will cost around $50, country delivery for 5 litres. It will be worth it if it works. That is $10 per litre. When you work out the cost of commercial bottles especially for toilets it is a comparable price. And, personally, we haven’t found a commercial one that we like.



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