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Best Laundry Detergents For Septic Systems

Septic systems have a lot of perks; however, they can also be very finicky.

There are certain items that cannot be processed by your septic system, including:

  • Hair
  • Coffee grounds
  • Dental floss
  • Kitty litter
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Cigarette butts
  • Fat, grease, or oil
  • Paper towels
  • Chemicals (these will contaminate the wastewater and kill the bacteria in your septic tank that help to purify the wastewater). These chemicals can even refer to the type of laundry or dishwasher detergent that you use.

Best & Safest Laundry Detergent To Use

Laundry is an essential part of life, even though most of us dread the task. But did you know that the type of detergent you use should depend on more than just the way it smells? Using the wrong type of laundry detergent can have a negative impact on the function of your septic system. We’ve compiled a list of the best laundry detergents for your septic system:

  • Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent
  • Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
  • Equator
  • Fresh Start
  • Biokleen Laundry Powder
  • Ecover Laundry Products
  • Planet Laundry Products
  • Mrs. Meyers Laundry Detergent
  • Mountain Green Ultra Laundry Liquid
  • Seventh Generation Laundry Products
  • Ultra Citra-Suds Natural Laundry Detergent

Related Tips For Septic System Maintenance

In addition to using these detergents, try not to do more than one or two loads of laundry every day. It’s better for your septic system if you spread your laundry use out over the span of a week. Also, make sure to use normal amounts of detergents in your laundry loads. More detergent typically won’t make your clothes cleaner, but it could cause problems for your septic system in the future. Using an excessive amount of detergent introduces more chemicals into your septic tank, which are then exposed to the bacteria that is supposed to be breaking down the solid waste in the tank.

For any other questions you have about your septic tank, check out this Septic System FAQ! Or if you are in need of a septic repair service, give EZ Plumbing a call at (818) 900-2778 or contact us online.