Everyone has been there before. You’re at an event and the only place to use the facilities is a portable restroom. You hesitate, wondering if you can just wait until the event is over. But of course, you can’t. So, as you make your way over to the outdoor stalls, a part of you cringes as the door opens. The odor wafts out and slaps you in the face. This is the reason porta-potties have a bad reputation.
However, it doesn’t have to be like this. One of the best ways to counteract heavy, negative odors is to be sure the potty is ventilated. Keep the door open as much as possible. Unfortunately, during frequent use, it can be a challenge to keep air circulating. So, we’ve come up with a list of a few ideas on how to put a positive spin on your porta-potty problem.
Homemade Porta Potty Solution
The first step to a fresher portable restroom is cleanliness. Leave the store-bought cleaners on the shelves. All you need for this disinfectant is vinegar and water. Mix the two as a green way of thoroughly cleaning all the interior surfaces. If you find some spots are more difficult to wipe clean than others, just add some baking soda to the mix for a tougher scrub. This will leave a much better aroma than the sterile bleach smell from other products.
DIY Air Freshener
Once the room is clean, you may be wondering how to keep a porta potty from smelling? The answer resides around lemons. Because of the fruit’s citric acid content, odors that would normally singe nose hairs are neutralized. So, lemons don’t just cover up uncomfortable smells, they work to eliminate the remnants hanging in the air. These are the ingredients and steps for how to make your lemon freshener to spritz around the inside:
- 1 lemon, squeezed
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 5 essential oil drops, lemon-scented
- 4 cups of warm water
Mix everything and put it in a water bottle. Spray generously over all surfaces and let dry.
Purify The Air Naturally
There are plenty of small plants that would fit nicely on the small shelf inside the portable restroom. Indoor plants clean the air in the most cost-effective and eco-friendly way. Below is a list of plants that thrive off humidity and can be used before and after an event by just existing.
- Pilea Peperomioides
- Mini Living Wall
- Snake Plant
Now that you’ve learned some sweet tips to keep that private potty fresh, you’re officially ready for the next big or small event in need of porta-potties. If you want more tips or are ready to reserve portable restrooms here in Seattle, feel free to get in touch with us. At Green Latrine, we pride ourselves on having environmentally friendly toilets and would love to tell you more.