Cleaning Tips & Tricks by OGO™
The key to any sustainable waste management system working properly is good hygiene and regular cleanings. This prevents potential health risks and helps keep your equipment free and clear of buildup. We have a few tips & tricks on how to keep your OGO™ Compost Toilet in its best condition. We have another article that will focus on emptying your urine bottle and solids bin.
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Remove the urine bottle and the solids bin. Follow your local municipality’s guidelines for disposal. Wipe out any visible debris from your compost medium, we recommend coco coir. We have found that a pressurized hand sprayer does wonders if running water is limited. Be sure not to directly spray any of your electrical elements, we are talking about a quick rinse of your toilet bowl, urine bottle, and solids bin.
You should be wiping your toilet bowl frequently or utilizing a spray bottle to prevent buildup. Every once in a while, you should be cleaning the inner parts of your unit that urine or compost medium can build up. Since it only takes a few minutes to take care of your waste with an OGO™ compared to Nature’s Head or a toilet that uses a dump station, there should be tons of extra time to give a good cleaning, we suggest you do this when you change out your solids bin, but every few months works too. Here is a comparison video of an OGO™ compared to the leading cassette toilet, our experts found on average it took almost 30 minutes to dump and clean a Thetford C220 Cassette Toilet versus about 10 minutes for an OGO™ Compost Toilet.
After you have removed and wiped your heart out, don’t forget the most important part. Disinfecting!
Disinfecting your unit can be achieved in many different ways. Our suggestions are just that, and if you have any good tips and tricks be sure to share them in our ongoing conversations, in the OGO™ Community. This is a great place to share your own experiences and better educate everyone because what works for one may not work for many and what works for many may not work for one.
We have found that Clorox wipes work really well on the go, but also know that a good majority want a natural alternative to isopropanol alcohol (80% – 100%) and bleach, which are the two most effective ways to kill germs and bacteria. Other options are vinegar, baking soda, peroxide, and good old fashion hot water (above 140°F) There are others out there and different combinations that can work great for you.