If you’re on an acreage property, chances are high that your toilet is also connected to a septic tank. Having a septic tank on your property is like having your own simple sewerage plant. It’s a great system and relatively easy to maintain, but you do need to keep a few things in mind when cleaning…
To ensure the bacteria in the septic tank are kept alive to break down the waste matter, it’s important to use natural cleaners that don’t disrupt and kill off the bacteria. If the bacteria in your septic system begin to die, a crust begins to form on the top of the septic tank and the solids in the tank begin to turn hard. When this happens, if the septic tank is not pumped out, contents of the tank can gradually turn into hard dirt which needs to be broken up and mixed with water before it can be pumped out. This hard buildup can block the pipes and also cause blockages in the trenches and result in the tank overflowing when new waste is flushed down as there’s nowhere else for it to go.
To see what a septic tank is and how it works, please see our Septic Tank Cleaning page.
There are many natural cleaning options available these days including products labelled as “septic safe”, however, we don’t recommend using these. The best cleaners to use are the simple, all natural products you may already have in your kitchen or laundry and below are a couple of recipes to keep your toilet fresh.