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What to use to clean head. I heard that a lot of people use baking soda. It gets rid of smells and cleans really well. I like the idea as there are no harsh chemicals involved. Have heard to use vinegar as well. I'm concerned that the baking soda could build up in the system and holding tank. I'm very new to this and any cleaning advice would be greatly appreciated. What about Magic erasers to get the black marks off the deck. Thanks again.
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How To Clean Your Head - The Fun Way


Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.
Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the head.
In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids. You may need to stand on the lid.
The cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.
Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a "power-wash" and rinse".
Have someone open the companion way hatch. Be sure that there are no people between the head and the companionway.
Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids.
The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the head, and run outside where he will dry himself off.
Both the commode and the cat will be sparkling clean.









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I like the cat idea, but I also like using white vinegar at least once a month. Don't go overboard with it, but use enough and pump the head just enough to get the vinegar in the hose and let it set there for awhile before pumping it thru to the holding tank.

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Re: Cleaning the head

Vinegar every once in a while to dissolve to urea/carbonate build-up that seems inevitable in a head with a sea water intake. I also add a quarter-cup or so of OxyBrite (non-chlorine bleach) and about a half-gallon of water after each pump out to dissolve any residual organics in the tank (seems to help with odor control).

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Re: Cleaning the head

This method would work great on the interior,too. Just release cat into cabin, add shampoo and slowly add in our German shepherd and our Landseer who ,by the way, detest each other.
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There are laws against cruelty to animals. Best not to use vinegar on the cat. Pressure washer will accomplish the same, without the tears. Our dog groomer likes the commercial grade exhaust fan for that wind blown look. Puts dog in crate and the dog actually stands there in the wind tunnel with a huge wind generated smile on his face.
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Re: Cleaning the head

I've got a 1L bottle of Biodex on order, since the manufacturer is right near me gonna try that out and see how it works :-)
Supposedly it works quite effectively, and since my tank is poorly vented that would be a nice upgrade. Reasonably environmentally safe(vs many of the other things people pour down heads). Used mostly for large scale wastewater treatment plants, and some fishing boats I think.
The manufacturer got a chuckle out of the request for the smallest possible amount due to the dilution ratio.
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Re: Cleaning the head

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What to use to clean head. I heard that a lot of people use baking soda. It gets rid of smells and cleans really well. I like the idea as there are no harsh chemicals involved. Have heard to use vinegar as well
Just don't use the vinegar and baking soda at the same time. You might be cleaning up the inside of your boat for a long time if it blows up

I run the vinegar through as mentioned above and also add a little vegetable oil to lube the system. That's been working on our head for about four years with no problems.
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Re: Cleaning the head

I saw a Reader Tip in Cruising World about putting a mixture of cooking oil / clorine bleach / white vinegar in a spray bottle and spraying a couple of squirts into the toilet bowl with each flush. Supposedly keeps the bowl / pump / piping clean, lubed and odor free. Haven't tried it yet, but it sounds feasible. Be very careful when mixing anything with bleach!
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