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The Not-So-Secret Alternative to Harsh Chemical Cleaners

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Harsh chemicals can wreck your septic system

You know that fats and grease can wreck septic tanks, but did you know that frequently sending too much toilet bowl cleaner, bleach, or other harsh chemical cleaners into your system can affect its health?

These chemicals can affect the bacterial balance in the tank, which affects the treatment and sludge level (there may also be a link between harsh chemical use and septic tank corrosion).

Not cleaning isn’t an option, so what can you do?

Our favorite natural cleaner recipe

If you are concerned about using chemicals but want to clean with more than just water, try mixing this simple solution:

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

The baking soda acts as a natural scrub, the vinegar disinfects, and the lemon leaves behind a gentle, non-overpowering smell.

Occasional chemical use won’t destroy your septic tank

Using harsh cleaners occasionally is probably not going to affect your septic system too much; most things are okay in moderation, so just use those cleaners sparingly and the effect on your system should be minimal.

Thanks to the “going green” movement, there’s a lot more “all-natural” cleaning products out there — look for products that are bleach-free, ammonia-free, dye-free, low-sudsing, etc.

Get a free phone consultation

Do you have questions about what’s safe to put into your septic system, or think you may need a pumping or inspection?

Request a free phone consultation today! We’ve been installing and maintaining septic systems since 1937, and can help you solve any problem.

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