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Green-Cleaning Your Home Protects Your Septic System

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The longevity of your septic system depends largely on making sure your family isn't flushing things down the toilet they shouldn't be, such as cigarette butts and sanitary products. But in addition to making sure everyone abides by the "what not to flush" list, you can also choose to help your septic system by using environmentally-friendly cleaning products. Here are three ideas for green cleaning products that will keep your home spotless while still keeping the bacteria in your septic system healthy and active.

Baking Soda And Vinegar

For decades, savvy housewives have known baking soda was useful for more than just baking. Baking soda is frequently used for green cleaning around the house, also. It can be used as a mild abrasive, good for scrubbing the soap ring off tubs and sinks. Baking soda is good for removing odors from the refrigerator. When poured down the drain and followed with vinegar, the foaming combination can clear a clogged drain.

You can also reduce the amount of laundry detergent you use, which will not only save you money, but also reduce the amount of phosphates that enter the environment. Simply replace half of your normal detergent with baking soda and wash as usual. As you probably know, liquid fabric softener should not be used in homes with septic systems as it will "gum" up the system. A quarter-cup of white vinegar in the rinse cycle will help soften your clothes by removing any residual soap.

Lemon Juice

Rather than using bleach, which kills both good and bad bacteria, use lemon juice instead for jobs that don't require completely disinfecting the surface. Keep using bleach for jobs like washing your cutting board after cleaning chicken, but lemon juice is perfectly fine for jobs like wiping down the toilet. Lemon juice can also be used to bleach stains out of clothes; simply saturate the stain with lemon juice and allow it to sit overnight or in the sun. Your home will smell better, and your septic-system bacteria will thank you, too.


While you won't be using yeast to clean your home, you can use it to feed the good bacteria in your septic system. Simply dissolve one package of dry yeast and a cup of brown sugar in a quart of warm water. Let it sit on the counter for about an hour, and then pour the frothy mixture down the toilet, followed by a bucket of water.

Don't make the mistake of thinking that using any of these natural cleaning products means you don't have to have your service man come and pump your septic system on the schedule they have previously recommended. To avoid issues completely, use both natural maintenance methods plus the services of the septic system pumping company. Contact a company like Martin Septic Service Inc for more advice.