Pasta Water In Your Grey Tank

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  1. Mattyjwr

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    A thought for you:

    If you cook dried pasta in your 'van, drain the used water into another container and leave it overnight. You may find that it develops a wallpaper paste like consistency and it may be one of the main contributors to creating a smelly grey waste tank. We dump our pasta water elsewhere now and have fewer smells from the waste tank.

    This water was used to cook pasta on Friday night. Photo taken on Sat morning.
     
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    Now that is interesting, thanks.
     
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    Well......... Not a lot of people know that :cool::cautious::coffee::notworthy::ROFLMAO:
     
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    The water will have a lot of starch in it so I guess it is like a diluted wallpaper paste.
     
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    The reason for a smelly grey waste tank is trillions of micro-organisms breaking wind! No joke. They spend all their time noshing your food waste, (as well as dead skin and other bodily stuff).
    By introducing either a bio cleaner, or an acid or alkali version, you kill them, thereby stopping them fa**ing, and so removing the smell. (y)
     
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    Potato water should also be avoided down the drain. Pete
     
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    Why??
     
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    Potato's, Rice, Pasta all Startchy, we were warned of these be our dealer when we picked up our first MH, so we avoid putting down the drain in the MH. Pete
     
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    When we make spaghetti bolognese at home we always make twice the amount and freeze half. That way it can be a one pot meal in the van which avoids boiling pasta and is quick and easy on a travelling day.

    We cook potatoes in with the meat in the double skillet. No water and roasties into the bargain (y)
     
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    Pete, anything edible will smell if allowed to become infected with micro organisms. It matters not what you flush down into the tank.
     
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    Tootles is an expert in farting? Yes I can believe that :LOL:
     
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    If we are on an aire / camperstop, I normally pour any starchy water straight down the grey water emptying trough. If one is not available, it goes down the toilet into the Thetford cassette (so long as we are not at risk of having no toilet emptying option for a day or two!).
     
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    We put bio washing-up liquid down our waste pipes to clean them and the tank for this reason.

    Most waste will provide a nutrition source for bacteria but the starchy water may also a surface on the side of the tank that can trap more waste and provide a greater surface area and food for bacteria to live and feed on.
     
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    I use a sealed bucket on board for such waste, coffee grinds included, and then just take the bucket to the grey water disposal point. Whether it makes any difference or not I don't know, but it makes me feel better!
     
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    I think the point is the starchy water is a feast for the flatulent organisms lurking in the waste tank. Most other stuff which goes down the plug will be at best poor fodder for them.

    I think I will give this a go on our next trip, draining pasta and rice water into a basin or bucket. I have tried bio liquid in the waste tank but it doesn't work for us, only the expensive Dometic Power Care Tabs work effectively.
     
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    Thank you @Mattyjwr for the tip.

    As an aside - don't know about the waste tank but I've found not eating pasta or potatoes because of the starch content has helped enormously preventing IBS pain (for any sufferers out there) :)
     
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    From what has been said best eat out then!
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    Don't put the water you use to boil or peel eggs in down the drain either, especially if the egg has burst while boiling.

    ( Tootles....its the suphur compounds in the egg: they decompose to make hydrogen sulphide, which smells.)
     
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