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How laundry detergent affects septic systems

There are many misconceptions about what laundry detergent does to septic systems. Many people think that it is the water in your washer that causes problems for your septic system, when in reality it is actually the type of detergent you use.

Detergents can contain chemicals that can eat away at the natural bacteria found in a septic tank, which will cause backups and other issues if not taken care of properly. Detergents can include chemicals like phosphates or bleach which will build up and cause problems in the septic tank.

Phosphate and bleach are often found in detergents to give them strength, however they can be harmful for septic systems. If you have a septic system, look for a detergent that is phosphate and bleach free.

Any type of bleach or chlorine can be dangerous for your septic system.

When using these products on clothing, they are broken down into harmless components (water and salt), but in a septic system the same reaction causes them to build up over time which will cause problems with your tank. Make sure that you avoid any type of bleach or chlorine when using detergent.

More bubbles isn’t always better

Laundry detergents are designed to create lots of suds and bubbles which can be great on clothes, but not on a septic system. Using too much detergent can cause your tank to overflow and lead to backups, so be sure that you only use the recommended amount listed on the label.

Choose the right laundry detergent

Although it’s important not to use harsh, chemical based detergents there are benefits of using septic smart cleaning products like the EcoShield range.

One of the main benefits is that using products with readily biodegradable surfactants will help break up excessive amounts of oil or grease so your tank does not have to work as hard when removing them from wastewater. This can also prevent backup problems, septic odors and clogged drain fields by preventing sludge buildup in your septic tank.

When using laundry detergents, make sure that you only use the recommended amount listed so it does not cause problems with excessive sudsing in your tank. Finally, find a stain remover without bleach or chlorine if you are using it on clothing. If your septic system is properly maintained, you should not have to worry about any of these issues.

The simplest solution of course is to use a completely septic safe cleaning product like EcoShield Laundry which won’t damage your system at all.