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Septic safe toilet cleaners?
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screamingtree, ok    Posted 04-11-2004 at 15:17:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey there. I have a new question. I am looking for suggestions for bathroom cleansers that are septic safe. I've always used comet, but I am kind of wondering about the build up of junk in the septic system. So...if you know of anything that works good (I have three teenaged girls) let me know.

Thanks for your help, yet again.

Stormie    Posted 04-12-2004 at 06:07:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Almost all cleansers will say they are safe for septic systems when used as reccomended. I have heard that products containing bleach kill off the bacteria needed for break down in the septic system. I have never and don't know of anyone who has ever had any problems with their septic systems due to cleaning products. I do use rid-x every month just to be on the safe side. I don't know if it works but it makes me feel better. You can also buy off brands of it a lot cheaper with the exact same ingredients for about $4.00 less a box. If that dosen't work for you try baking soda for the toilets and vinegar for surface and glass.

Chino Bill    Posted 04-10-2009 at 11:36:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My mother-in-law used rid-x in her septic system for years
after she had some trouble. She thought it would help. After
she passed away my wife and I took over her home. We noticed
a sour smell coming from the drains and no amount of cleaning
them would help. I thought it would be great to make sure the
system was working good so I had it pumped (and I watched).
The septic people said the system was on the verge of failure.
They suspected some of the stuff had gotten into the leach fields
but had not yet caused problems. I told them that rid-x had
been used for quite a while and their comments were that the
only things that go into a septic system are pee, poop and paper
(toilet). They also said that none of the additives have proven
beneficial to the operation of the septic system. Some even
compromise the ground water and land. I check this on the
internet and what I found verified what they said. We quit using
any additives and will be having the tank pumped once every 3 -
4 years. Now we are on the search for septic safe cleaners,
laundry and dish soaps. Any suggestions?

screamingtree, OK    Posted 04-12-2004 at 18:11:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the suggestion. That is exactly what I was worried about...killing off the beneficial bacteria. I did buy some septic treatment, I haven't put it in yet, but will tomorrow when it is light again. I bought some orange clean spary claims to have no harmful chemicals..I sure hope not.

Thanks again ya'll,

Red Dave    Posted 04-11-2004 at 16:35:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
All we've ever used is regular store-bought cleaner. Never had city sewer, always had septic systems. No problems ever that I know of.
I think it's a small enough amount that it won't hurt an otherwise properly working septic system.

T16    Posted 04-11-2004 at 15:56:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have always used the Lysol turlet cleaner and aint never had any septic troubles.. 3 yrs here and 13ys at the old place.

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