One of the first things you need to learn when you switch to a pit toilet is to learn how to keep it from smelling. Since it is not connected with a water system, wastes are just piled up in the tank of your toilet. The foul odor is natural, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it.
There are many ways on how to keep your pit toilet from smelling. Here are some of them:
#1: Use Vinegar
Natural vinegar has long been known to control foul odor. It’s also a very popular choice in controlling the smell of pit toilets.
Lime can also be used to eliminate the odor. Don’t worry about the change in pH levels. A little-elevated pH of the contents would not be a problem in wastewater treatment.
#3: Use Air Freshener Tablets
Keep these air freshener tablets hanging near the pit. They act to neutralize the pit odors.
Keeping the pit area well-ventilated helps in eliminating the odor. You can also put up a vent The vent acts to suck up the odors into the pit and up to the vent. It should be ensured that the vent protrudes well above, to make it work.
Paint your vent black to maximize absorption of heat from the sun. Hot air rises in the vent and, eventually, draws air from the pit.
#5: Integrate crushed BIOCHAR
A BIOCHAR is a charcoal made by a particular process to integrate into soil building efforts. Add BIOCHAR to dry toilet systems together with some high carbon cover material like woodchips, saw dust, coffee beans, etc.
#6: Pit Toilet Treatment
Using pit toilet treatments like RTB 740 doesn’t only eliminate the foul odor. They also speed up the natural degradation process in both pit and composting toilets.