Chlorine bleach can be found in just about every household and for good reason. It has so many uses, especially when it comes to cleaning. However, this substance, in large amounts, can also be bad for your septic system. Instead, use these bleach alternatives so you won’t strain your septic system.
Why Chlorine Bleach Is Bad for Septic Systems
Chlorine bleach kills bacteria, which is why it’s a mainstay remedy for treating infestations like mold. However, it kills ALL forms of bacteria, including the beneficial ones. Too much bleach down the drain can disrupt the good bacteria in the septic system, inhibiting its ability to break down solid waste. This leads to the need for more frequent septic system pumping intervals.
Natural Bleach Alternatives
1. Lemon Juice
Lemons contain citric acid, which has long been in use as a natural and non-toxic cleaner. It’s also useful as a disinfectant. You can squeeze some juice into a spray bottle and add plain water. Since lemon juice is natural and fully biodegradable, it won’t harm the septic system’s bacteria.
While vinegar has a sour odor, it’s incredibly effective as a cleaner. Its acidic quality makes it a natural cleaner and disinfectant. In fact, it’s so useful that some homeowners even use it in their laundry in lieu of detergent.
3. Castile Soap
Unlike traditional soap that contains chemicals and preservatives, castile soap is made from olive oil and other natural ingredients. By diluting it with water, it acts as an effective product for cleaning hard surfaces. It is also completely biodegradable.
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A septic system inspection can reveal whether the system requires immediate remediation. Call Woodinville Septic Services to ensure the system remains in healthy condition or for a new installation. Chlorine bleach alternatives prevent the death of good bacteria in the septic tank.
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