Nix The Chemicals And Use Natural Septic-Friendly Cleaners

The lack of good bacteria in the septic tank is one of the biggest problems with septic systems. The result is that waste material is not properly broken down and can cause clogged pipes or back-ups. The septic system will eventually break down and you can end up with leaks, odors, and all kinds of expensive problems to repair, additional septic tank cleaning, or (may it never be) having to spend thousands of dollars on a whole new septic system!

The use of chemical products in your home which end up going down the drain or toilet will only serve to kill off this beneficial and necessary bacteria. Why not switch to healthy natural alternatives instead? They will not only encourage a healthy amount of essential bacteria in your septic system, but will also reduce the amount of poison that goes into your own human system! You can even save money as some of these can be made right in your own home.


Cleaning the Green Way

1. Tea Tree Oil

  • Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant and has anti fungal properties – no home should be without it!
  • Grout Spray.  Skip the harsh bleach and instead use 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil and mix with 2 cups of water. Spray on the grout and leave it, don’t rinse!
  • Sink Cleaner. Use the same mixture for a germ free and shiny bathroom sink and surface.
  • For the laundry. Not only do powder detergents contribute to bacteria breakdown in your septic system, but they can also cause clogs. That extra rinse you may deem necessary can strain the system as well.  Adding a 1/2 teaspoon of tea tree oil to your biodegradable liquid detergent will keep clothes and towels smelling fresh, prevent mold build up in the washer, and assist the detergent with an extra power boost making that second rinse unnecessary.

2. White Vinegar and Baking Soda

Cleaners don’t get any less expensive, effective, or natural than this one! The acidic qualities in vinegar help to degunk and degrease, plus kill germs and reduce microbial growth, making it an ideal and safe natural kitchen and bathroom disinfectant.

  • Toilet cleaner. Mix 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda and a couple drops if tea tree oil. This is a powerful natural germ killer that is very septic-friendly.
  •  Shower walls and tub. Most often the walls just need wiped with a vinegar solution made with half water, but if they have some soap build-up in certain spots, add a little baking soda to scrub away. For the tub, sprinkle with baking soda, scrub with a sponge or soft brush, and rinse.
  •  Mirrors, fixtures,and surfaces. Wipe down with the half-vinegar/half-water solution.

You can mix the above three staples to adjust to your needs, but they are all essential natural cleaners that will keep your home clean, fresh, healthy and most important in this case, are septic-friendly! Septic tank cleaning and proper maintenance are still necessary on a regular basis as it will extend the life of your system for years. But combined with the above methods for cleaning, you can save yourself hundreds and even thousands of dollars over the course of time.

How long has it been since you have had your septic tank cleaned? Do you have a regular maintenance schedule in place?