If your home has a septic system, you probably know that there is a whole list of things that shouldn’t end up in your septic tank. One substance that can be harmful to your septic tank, especially in large quantities, is bleach. When you use bleach cleaners and they end up in your septic tank, they can disrupt the bacteria balance in your tank. When this bacteria balance is off, your tank cannot break down the solid waste in your tank, leading to blockages and overflow. To avoid this issue, it’s a good idea to use alternative cleaners in your sinks, showers, and toilets. We’ve compiled a list of cleaners you can use instead of bleach to maintain the health of your septic tank.
1. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice contains citric acid, which is a non-toxic natural cleaner. You can cut a lemon in half and rub it on any area you want to clean, which will disinfect the area. You can also squeeze out the juice into a spray bottle and use it as a spray cleaner. In both cases, the lemon will act as a natural cleaner and has the added benefit of creating a delightful smell in your home. Because lemon juice is natural and biodegradable, it will not harm your septic tank.
2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can be used as a natural disinfectant and cleaner. To use this oil as a cleaner, mix a few drops with warm water, then pour the mixture into a spray bottle. This spray can be used as a natural cleaner, which will be safe for your septic tank and will also create a pleasant aroma.
Although vinegar carries a pungent smell, it is a safe and very effective alternative to bleach. Its acidic properties make it a successful cleaner and disinfectant, but still safe for the bacteria in your septic tank. You can pour vinegar into a spray bottle to clean surfaces in your home including counters, sinks, toilets, and bathtubs. You can also use vinegar instead of bleach in your laundry, either by pouring it directly into the washing machine or by soaking your clothes in a mixture of vinegar and hot water. In both cases, vinegar will help clean and brighten your clothes.
4. Castile Soap
Castile soap is made with olive oil and other natural products, rather than the chemicals that are present in some soaps. To use castile soap as a cleaner, dilute it with water to scrub surfaces. You can also use it as a laundry detergent by combining the soap with vinegar and baking soda. Castile soap is biodegradable, making it completely safe for your septic tank.
5. Baking Soda
Baking soda is truly an all-purpose cleaner that can be used to clean and disinfect almost anything. To use it as a cleaner in your home, add it to water or vinegar to create a paste for scrubbing. You can also use baking soda instead of bleach in your laundry, simply by adding it to the washing machine. Baking soda effectively breaks down grease, stains, and residue, but is completely safe for your septic tank and will not disrupt the bacteria balance.
6. The Sun
The sun is not an effective alternative for disinfecting surfaces in your home, but it can be a very effective alternative to bleach when attempting to whiten your clothing. Instead of adding bleach to your washing machine, hang your white clothes in direct sunlight for an extended period of time. The sunlight will naturally bleach your clothes, leaving them brighter before without any impact on your septic tank.
7. Products With Septic Safe Labels
Some cleaning products are specifically labeled as septic safe. The EPA requires every potentially dangerous chemical to be registered, and septic safe cleaners will not include these chemicals. In addition to products specifically labeled as septic safe, any biodegradable or environmentally friendly product will also be safe for your septic system, as they are specifically designed to break down naturally without disrupting any natural bacteria breakdown.
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