Important Things to Know About Chemical Toilets

If you’ve been wondering what chemical toilets are, then you’re at the right place. In this article, we will share with you some knowledge of what chemical toilets are, the factors to consider in getting a chemical toilet and how to maintain your chemical toilet. If you’re ready as I am, then let’s get to iti!

What Are Chemical Toilets?

A chemical toilet is a portable restroom that isn’t connected to a sewer system but has a sizable storage compartment treated with chemicals to store waste temporary. They can be called porta-potties or portable restroom or toilet. You can find chemical toilets in RVs, boats, small campers and in places where the flush system doesn’t work.

Factors To Consider When Getting A Chemical Tided.

  1. Size and Weight

Depending on the kind of occasion or place you will be using a chemical toilet, choosing the right weight and size helps save space, set up time and also money. Choosing the right size and weight may depend on the following:

– Age group

Are they adults, kids or the elderly. For kids, getting a portable toilet, close to the ground would be suitable. And also for adults, getting a portable toilet with a larger seat and a bit above the ground should just be fine.

– Type of Vehicle

When using an RV or a smaller camper or a boat, you will need the right type of chemical toilet with the suitable dimensions to best fit. RV use much larger chemical toilets whiles boats and smaller campers use relatively smaller ones.

– Tank Capacity

In terms of total size, smaller tanks can be easily handled and carried around but they may get filled up faster. Larger tanks though may be large and heavy to carry around, they may take a while to get filled up.

2. Type Of Flush

Though there may be other types of flush. The two main ones are the piston and the bellow flush. Somethings to know with these are.

– Bellow Flush

This is the commonly used type of flush in most portable toilets. Looking like concertina tubing, this flush works by pushing down this tubing to release water to the toilet bowl. Smaller children and older adults may find the below hard to push down.

– Piston

With this, the piston is pulled upwards to draw up water and pushed downward to release the water into the toilet bowl. This type of flush is easier to use. But also, one might have to pull and push a number of limes to clean the toilet bowl depending on the level of flush.

3. Indicator

Some tanks have bottom tank indicator to alert the user when the tank is almost full. Tanks with indicators might be of a higher price as compared to tanks with no indicator.

4. Spare Parts

With some portable toilets it is essential to have spare parts to fix broken parts. Some don’t and hence if you can’t get spare parts, then the whole toilet needs to be thrown away when broken.


1. Treatment

The chemicals these toilets are treated with help break down the waste and also prevents any form of odor. These chemicals should be septic-safe enzyme based chemicals. Do not use formaldehyde to treat your chemical toilet since it destroys the good bacteria needed to help break down the waste. The direction on how to use these chemicals, that is the chemical to water ratio, will be shown clearly depending on the size of your toilet.

2. When To Dispose

For toilets without indicators, make sure that the tank is at least two-thirds full before you dispose of the waste. This will allow the weight of the water and gravity to properly dispose of the waste. Dispose of waste into a dumping location.

3. Use RV Friendly Toilet Paper

These papers quickly break down in water. Though they might be expensive and hard to buy, they will prevent your toilet from been clogged or choked.

Getting the suitable portable toilet and maintaining your portable toilet isn’t that difficult as you might think and I hope with the information above, you should be able to know some important steps to take to choose and clean your portable toilet.