Are Natural Cleaners Safe To Use With A Septic System?
Septic systems can be finicky, and not taking the time to learn about what you should and should not put in them can leave you discovering that the hard way. Repairing a septic system can also be expensive, depending on the severity of the damage.
So, before you use any non-traditional cleaners for your sinks, bathtubs, or toilets, check out what Jones Plumbing & Septic Tank Service has to say about natural cleaners and your septic tank.
Why People Use Natural Cleaners
As people learn more about the harsh chemicals in cleaners and their negative impacts, many opt for natural alternatives. This is especially true because the chemicals in these cleaners can be dangerous to household members when breathed in or absorbed through unintended contact. They can also wreak havoc on the environment. Using chemical cleaners in toilets and sinks introduces them to your septic system, which can then pass them along to your drain field, contaminating the soil. And while they can kill off harmful bacteria in septic tanks, they can also kill off the beneficial bacteria that break down waste.
Popular Natural Cleaners
Vinegar and baking soda are two of the most popular cleaners that consumers turn to as an alternative to traditional cleaners. Vinegar is acidic and can break down grease and germs when allowed to soak in an area. Baking soda works similarly but is a mild alkali. So if these are tough enough to take on gross toilets, are they safe for your septic system?
Natural Cleaners & Your Septic System
As far as natural cleaners are concerned, vinegar and baking soda can be safe alternatives for your septic system. When these products mix with water on their journey to the septic system, they become mild enough to pose no adverse effects to the good bacteria. However, just because they’re safe to end up in your septic system doesn’t mean they’re ideal for cleaning every area of your home. Before using it on metals, such as knives, granite countertops, or appliances such as wash machines or dishwashers, be sure to do your research first. Especially when undiluted, the corrosive nature of these natural cleaners can cause issues to varying surfaces.
Other Ways To Care For Your Septic System
In addition to being mindful of the types of cleaners that you use, there are other ways to care for your septic system. Make sure to conserve water, especially during summer months, when water activity is likely to peak. Check out our guide on how to prep your septic system for summer. Also, avoid flushing solid items. The only things that should be going down your toilets are toilet paper, human waste, and your specialized cleaner. Limit how often you use your garbage disposal and never pour grease, fats, or oils down your drains. These items can clog your pipes and result in costly repairs.
Above all else, it’s crucial to have annual septic maintenance by a professional septic tank company. Read our guide on how to care for your septic system for more information.