How to Clean RV Toilets

by Nick Davis
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Cleaning your RV is like cleaning your home. You need to clean not only the walls, floors and furnishings in the vehicle, but also the toilet. But an RV toilet is not like a household toilet. An RV toilet is connected to a waste tank that is made out of plastic. You don't want to use harsh chemicals to clean the toilet because those substances may damage the waste tank used to hold the contents from the RV toilet.

Step 1

Wet a nonabrasive cloth or towel with warm water from a sink. Wear rubber gloves to keep your hands from getting wet and dirty.

Step 2

Wipe the RV toilet's lid and sides with the damp cloth or towel to remove any loose dust and dirt.

Step 3

Fill a bucket with ½ cup of a nonabrasive cleaner or a cleaner designed for RV toilets and 2 cups warm water. Stir the soap mixture with a soft sponge.

Step 4

Pour 1 cup of the soap mixture into the RV toilet.

Step 5

Clean the inside of the RV toilet with the soft sponge. For caked-on stains, scrub the stain with slightly pressure from side to side to break up the dirt.

Step 6

Flush the RV toilet.

Step 7

Re-dip the soft sponge in the bucket of soap mixture. Wring out excess mixture.

Step 8

Wipe down the outside of the toilet with the mixture-soaked sponge.

Step 9

Re-wet the nonabrasive cloth or towel with warm water from a sink. Wipe the RV toilet clean with the damp cloth or towel to remove any soap mixture residue.

Use a disposable baby wipe to clean the RV toilet daily or between weekly cleanings.


  • Clean your RV toilet regularly and do not overfill it with toilet paper.


  • Do not use a bleach- or ammonia-based cleaner—these chemicals may damage the waste tank connected to the RV toilet. Also, do not mix chemicals together and flush them down the RV toilet. This will cause gases to form in the waste tank and could result in an explosion.
  • Do not use a highly concentrated or highly acidic household cleaner to clean your RV toilet. Also, avoid using a scouring powder. These substances can damage the seals or plastic parts inside the toilet, waste tank and the seals on the dump valves.

Items you will need

  • Warm water
  • Nonabrasive cloth or towel
  • Rubber gloves
  • Bucket
  • Nonabrasive cleaner or cleaner designed for RV toilets
  • Soft sponge
  • Disposable baby wipes

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