Is Bleach Safe for Your Septic System?
We all love a clean, sparkling house. And with COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, many households are turning to bleach and sanitizers.
But, your septic system is delicate.
And chlorine bleach does a great job eliminating bacteria and viruses — including those that live in your septic tank.
Bacteria in your septic tank needs to thrive in order for the system to operate correctly. But, misuse and overuse of bleach may be killing them off.
We aren’t saying stop sanitizing your home. It’s all about using appropriate amounts.
Here are a few tips to keep your house clean and septic system safe.
Bleach and the Laundry
Small amounts in a large load of laundry has less of an impact on your septic system. The bleach dilutes in a large amount of water, making it less potent.
Just focus on avoiding running multiple white loads back to back and using more bleach than recommended.
Bleach and Bathrooms
Many convenient toilet bowl cleaning products use chlorine bleach to keep your toilet shiny.
Depending on how often the toilet is flushed and the water capacity of the tank, the chlorine is killing off the bacteria — and fast.
And while your parents and grandparents may have doused the shower in bleach, that doesn’t mean you should. Opt for less harsh chemicals.
Chlorine and the Kitchen
When it comes to your countertops, cleanliness isn’t just for looks, it is for safety too.
When trusting the safety of your food it can be hard to trust alternates for bleach.
Start searching for cleaning products with more organic materials to reduce the impact on your septic system. Or alternate which products you use.
Bleach Alternatives For Homes With Septic Systems
What are these mystical alternative products we speak of?
Bleach alternates include:
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Baking Soda
- Lemon Juice
- Tea Tree Oil
Bleach is used all over your household. But, your septic system does not approve.
Limit the number of bleach products you use, how often you use them, and eliminate any highly concentrated products from your cleaning routine.
To schedule your next maintenance appointment, contact us today at Advanced Septic Systems at (352) 242-6100.