When it comes to your septic system, the fewer chemicals that you put down your drains the better it is for your system. Despite common misconceptions that tanks need additives or chemicals to help keep things clean, the fact is that chemicals can be detrimental to septic systems, disrupting the natural biological breakdown of your wastewater by eliminating important bacteria. What does this mean? Avoiding Drano, harsh chemical cleaners is something that homeowners with septic systems should look at doing. If you’re wondering how to keep your home clean without the harsh chemicals, here are some natural cleaning suggestions that will do the job and help keep chemicals out of your septic tank.
- Baking soda in the toilet.
Baking soda is an inexpensive, natural way to clean your toilet bowl without chemicals. Simply pour half a small box of baking soda into the toilet bowl, let sit overnight, flush and then run a brush through the bowl to loosen any grime and flush once more.
- Vinegar in your laundry.
White, distilled vinegar is a great natural deodorizer, whitener, brightener and softener. It can replace bleach, chemical fabric softeners and “oxy clean” style whiteners. Adding a cup to your laundry can replace each of these harsh chemicals.
- Borax to disinfect
Instead of using bleach around the house, use a ½ a cup of Borax mixed with water to disinfect surfaces. This also works great as a natural deodorizer.
- Baking soda as a scouring cleaner.
Rather than using harsh chemicals on your pots and pans to scour them, you can use baking soda on a sponge. This is a great gentle, chemical-free alternative that will be effective but also won’t leave scratches.
- Laundry detergents
While laundry detergents can be a little bit more complex, here is a very simple popular online recipe for natural detergents. If you prefer to purchase store-bought, premade detergents – try to purchase phosphate free detergent or a natural, chemical-free detergent like 7th Generation.
While it may be difficult and an adjustment to switch to natural cleaning products, the fact of the matter is that it’s less expensive and better for your septic system and family. Rather than compromising the natural bacteria in your system or exposing your family to harsh chemicals, you can accomplish the same household cleaning duties with natural products that are good for you, the environment and your septic system.