Flush No More!
As for what not to flush down your RV's toilet, the list is long! This may go without saying, but do not treat your RV's toilet as if it's a garbage disposal, meaning do not scrape the food from your dinner plates into the toilet and flush it. You wouldn't do that at home, would you? Of course not, so don't do it in your RV! You made sure to pack kitchen trash bags for that! Also, never flush diapers, baby wipes, facial tissue, paper towel, creams or lotions, harsh chemicals, or sanitary products. This last one is a sensitive topic for most women, as flushing a tampon is the easiest and least-messy way to dispose of it. However, just because it disappears into the blackness of the holding tank below doesn't mean it's gone for good. Made of cotton and rayon, the main duty of a tampon is to absorb fluid and stay put, not dissolve in water. So, as inconvenient as it is, you should always put tampons in the trash. To help with the ick factor, bring along some plastic bags in which you can put the tampon before tossing it in the trash. And since most campgrounds have trash receptacles on site, you can empty your bathroom trash can every day to keep your bathroom fresh and clean. Follow these do's and dont's for what can be flushed down RV toilets and you should be able to steer clean of funky odors and black tank blockages. While it may be tempting to just drop trash or food into your toilet and kiss it goodbye (not literally!), know that it still exists in its entirety even though you can't see it! Out of sight, out of mind, yes! Harmless deposit that will pass quickly and smoothly through your black tank? NO! Do you have any insight into what we can safely put into our RV toilets? Tell us in the comments!