How to clean your toilets when you have a septic tank?

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When a house’s plumbing is not connected to the sewer (for example in the mountains or the countryside), its wastewater flows straight into a septic tank. This system works thanks to anaerobic bacteria. These living organisms ensure the proper functioning of the pit by digesting its various components (excrement, etc.). This transforms this thick material into gas and clear enough water to be evacuated by drainage. However, these bacteria are fragile and keeping the tank in good condition is no easy task. To clean your toilets without damaging your septic tank, you must therefore pay attention to what you use to avoid unforeseen breakdowns or faults (bad odors, overflows, etc.). Here is how to properly maintain your pit and stimulate bacteria with natural products that are good for the environment.

First of all, avoid throwing harmful elements into it!

Beware of chemicals that could get into the tank and cause damage! Avoid:

-The deodorant blocks
-Thebleach and antiseptic products
-The unblockers at the caustic soda to remove the caps
-Paint and paint thinner, gasoline, methylated spirits, pesticides, weedkillers, resin, wax, antifreeze, white spirit and other such solvents

In general, limit household chemicals as much as possible. Especially for scrubbing floors, scrubbing the tub, etc. Remember that these detergents are then thrown into the pipes and leave harmful residues in the pit!

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Other elements have nothing to do with it:

– Paper towels and wet wipes, especially disinfectant
-Disposable diapers and hygienic products (tampons, condoms, dental floss, cotton swabs …)
Pharmaceuticals, especially antibiotics (the drugs must be taken to the pharmacy and not be thrown in the toilet or the trash)
-Pool water (chlorine is very harmful) or rainwater
-Oil (food and frying oils for example), fat, coffee grounds, egg or nut shells
-Cigarette butts
Cat litter

With or without a septic tank, toilets are not garbage cans!

The natural yogurt trick to reactivate the septic tank

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Put your outdated or first prize yogurts to work! This gives a boost to bacteria to take care of its pit and ensure its effectiveness. It also allows drive away bad smells that could settle down. As a shock treatment, let 4 yogurts ferment outside the fridge or in the sun for two days at room temperature. Then empty them in your toilet. Following this, continue with one fermented yogurt per day for a week. In maintenance, pour fermented yogurt per week in the toilet. Your pit will thank you!

Baking soda to clean the toilet without harming your septic tank

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Ecological and compatible with the septic tank, baking soda (or sodium) has an alkaline pH. This allows him to maintain the pH in the tank even after it has been emptied. By keeping the pH more neutral, it leaves plenty of room for good bacteria to develop and thrive. This thus allows good degradation of deposits and waste (and it is more economical than the Eparcyl!), And helps to space out the oil changes. To do this, pour 200 g of baking soda once a week before flushing. The water-bicarbonate paste can also be used to clean the various elements of the toilets (seat, bowl, etc.).

White vinegar, essential for cleaning toilets connected to a septic tank

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Contrary to what we sometimes hear, white vinegar cannot damage the septic tank. Indeed, its acetic acid is produced in large quantities during anaerobic digestion in a pit before its transformation into biogas. It is therefore safe for the flora in the pit. And that’s good news, because it’s a descaler, disinfectant, cleaner and deodorant at the same time! You can pour 250 ml pure (hot for more efficiency) and leave to act for a few minutes before flushing the toilet to clean the toilet. It is also possible to pour several liters (up to 5) directly into the bowl to dissolve a plug effectively. Leave on for three hours before flushing. Finally, just like black soap, Marseille soap or lemon juice, it can also be used to clean the toilet seat or bowl.

Citric acid, when baking soda is not enough!

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This is a very powerful natural descaler and not harmful. Just dilute 2 tablespoons of citric acid in ½ liter of hot water. Then use this solution to scrub the walls of the scaled toilet bowl. Then, immediately rinse to complete the cleaning.

The house cleaner to clean the toilets without destroying your septic tank

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Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 more of soda crystals and 1 of citric acid. Gradually add a teaspoon of black soap and 1/2 cup of water. All you have to do is take this mixture of ecological cleaning products with a sponge and rub. Don’t forget to rinse.

Clay stone and household alcohol

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You don’t always think about it, but clay stone can also be used against limestone on a toilet bowl. Just apply it with a sponge and polish with a brush impregnated with household alcohol.

Good to know : To unclog your toilets or clogged pipes, favor the unblocking ferret or the suction cup. These solutions without chemicals or possibly affecting the proper functioning of your pit. After a few back-and-forths, the blocked pipe will quickly be forgotten. Very effective ! The technique of pouring Coca-Cola to unclog blocked toilets thanks to its phosphoric acid does not represent any danger for the pit either.

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