How to Clean and Sanitize Your RV's Toilet

It is just as important to maintain your RV's toilet as it is to take care of its sewer tank.

Your body doesn't touch the tank, but it's in constant contact with the toilet, so keeping your toilet germ free is vitally important.

This article will tell you what you need to do.

A sanitary toilet is important for good health.

Your Waste Water System

There are two parts to an RV’s waste water system:  the toilet and the tank.

Both need to be kept clean if you want to avoid having your RV smell to high heaven and make staying in it a miserable experience!

Your Toilet Cleaning Tools

Although cleaning an RV’s commode is not the most pleasant job in the world, if you do it the right way, it will only take a few minutes.

If you do it often, it will be a much easier job than if you don’t.

You will need

a roll of paper towels,
some Pine Sol or Spic and Span,
a plastic lined waste basket,
possibly some Clorox (depending on how dirty the commode is) and
some sturdy disposable rubber gloves.

(click link to buy)

I have found the best gloves to use are the ones I show here because they are thicker than the cheap white ones and do a better job of protecting your hands.  They come in a variety of sizes, so make sure to order those that will fit!

You want disposables because you will be cleaning a toilet with them and want to be able to throw them away when you are finished To avoid all of the germs and gunk that might get on them, peel them off from the wrist back wards.  Your toilet will be clean and so will your hands!

Note:  You can use these same gloves for tank dumping and cleaning.

The most important things to remember are
  1. never flush the paper towels you are using down into the tank because this can and will cause clogs, and
  2. never use toxic chemicals of any kind for toilet cleaning because they can severely damage your toilet and your plumbing system. 
The Procedure

Step 1
  1. Pour some of your non toxic cleaner of choice and some water into the toilet bowl.
  2. Put your gloves on.
  3. Dunk a small wad of paper towels into the toilet bowl and wipe it vigorously.
  4. Open the clapper at the bottom of the bowl as far as possible and use the moistened paper towels to wipe the rim beneath it as far down as possible.
  5. Be very careful not to let any of the wet paper towel get stuck on the area between the clapper and the rim as this will allow sewer odors to seep into the RV.
  6. Throw the towels away and flush the toilet.
Step 2

Put a new dollop of cleaner and some water into the toilet bowl.

Dunk a second wad of paper towels into it and use it to wipe down
  • the rim of the bowl,
  • the under part of the seat lid,
  • the toilet seat,
  • the top of the lid,
  • the entire exterior of the bowl,
  • and the foot or hand controls.
Then, throw the second wad of paper towels into the trash can.

Step 3

Repeat Step 2, but do not use any cleaner.

Simply dunk a wad of paper towels into some water and wipe the entire toilet exterior with it.  If you don’t do this, everything you cleaned on the outside of the toilet will smell great but will be sticky!

Step 4

Pour some cleaner back into the toilet bowl along with some water and use the mixture along with yet another wad of paper towels to wipe up the floor around the toilet, including the area behind it.

Toss out the paper towels, then wet a new batch with water and wipe the floor again.

Step 5

If, after doing all of this, you look into the bowl and see that it is still not totally clean or has a hardened ring of dried urine around it, put a cup of bleach into the bowl and fill it half way with water.

Let it sit about 5 minutes, then flush the contents.

Now your toilet is not only clean but also sanitized!

If you have to do Step 5, make sure to add a good deal of water to your black water tank and then empty it quickly.  You don’t want bleach sitting in there because it can corrode your fittings.

You’re Done!

This may seem like a lot to do, and may even seem wasteful, but throwing the paper towels away after using them each time eliminates the spread of germs and helps to keep odors at bay.

Once you do this job, you will see that the entire process usually only takes ten minutes.

That’s time well spent if you use it to keep your RV’s toilet clean, sanitary and odor free!