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We’re in the poop business, so we get it; people are embarrassed to ask us certain questions. But again, we’re in the poop business, so at the end of the day – not too much can surprise us.

So today, we’re bringing you some of our most frequently asked questions about porta-potties, poop, and everything in between. And remember, folks, the only stupid question is the one you didn’t ask. So if you have a question about something that’s not covered here, drop us a line.

Can You Poop In a Porta Potty?

Yes. Portable restrooms are equipped to handle pee and poop so go on, and you know, uh… go with the flow, if you know what we mean.

What’s the Blue Juice in a Porta Potty?

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The blue liquid in portable toilets is a special formula to kill bacteria, hide waste products, and deodorize the porta potty. We talk a little bit more about that here. ​​Of course, every portable restroom company uses something different, but at American Sani-Can, we use a non-formaldehyde-based deodorizer in our portable restrooms that is safe for our crews and environmentally friendly.

How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Porta Potty?

Multiple factors impact the cost of renting a porta potty, and we discuss that on this page. But generally, a portable toilet will cost between $140 to $225 to rent. Luxury restroom trailers can be $900 and up.

What’s the difference between a wheelchair-accessible and ADA-compliant porta potty?

Wheelchair-accessible porta potties have ramps and broader doors designed to accommodate wheelchairs. For a porta potty to be ADA-compliant, it needs to be more spacious. There must be enough space for a wheelchair user to do a 360-degree turn. You can learn more about the difference between wheelchair-accessible portable toilets on this page.

Are porta-potties safe?

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This came up a lot during the early part of the pandemic, and it’s a bit of a nuanced question. Safe is a subjective term. Are cars safe? Are planes safe? But people get hurt in airplanes and cars all the time.

On the contrary, we don’t really have people getting hurt in porta-potties. But there are risks to using any public restroom or touching surfaces where people aren’t using appropriate hygiene. So, in general, we think that using a porta-potty is generally safe if you are washing your hands and/or using the provided hand sanitizer.

Like the classic children’s book says, “Everyone Poops.” So there’s no shame in talking about how we manage the poop and pee in our porta-potties. We’re quite proud of how well we sanitize and clean our units, so feel free to ask us anything!

We rent high-quality portable restrooms across southwest Washington and northwest Oregon. So whether you’re in Vancouver, WA, Portland, OR, or other nearby cities and need to rent a portable restroom, wash station, ADA-compliant, or wheelchair-accessible restroom or holding tank, contact us today so that we can give you a porta-potty quote for your project or event.