The Do’s & Don’ts of Effectively Cleaning Your Septic Tank

The Do’s & Don’ts of Effectively Cleaning Your Septic Tank

Effectively cleaning septic tanks is naturally a part of everyday human life across the globe. Septic tank treatment is naturally not what one thinks about when running the washing machine, flushing the toilet, or even doing the dishes. However, all these activities majorly impact the waste produced and the water treatment processes required to curtail the damage on our environment caused by us and the products we use.

One way to reduce our impact on waste and water treatment processing, is to try using natural cleaning products such as natural bathroom cleaners. Making a small change such as this could make a huge impact on your daily lifestyle and require less energy use for septic tank treatment.

Here are some of the do’s and don’ts required to help keep the environment a much safer place for the current and future generations regarding septic tank treatment methods:


  • Always think.

Think before you do anything. That’s not just applicable to making life choices but also when you’re thinking about putting anything down the sink, toilet, or your drains. By putting thought before acting, you could essentially make conscious and more wise decisions.

  • Follow the instructions of the manufacturer.

Even while using natural cleaning products such as natural bathroom cleaners, ensure to follow the instructions given out by the manufacturer. They will recommend the doses to be used for each type of water. For example, using soft water would require much less dosage than hard water.

  • Use fewer cleaning products and use them often.

It is a better idea to use natural cleaning products a little bit more often as opposed to lots at once. This could help avoid overloading the system entirely. An overloading in your system from cleaning products could definitely cause an imbalance in the bacterial culture and, in turn, slow down the process of breaking down waste. It is a good idea to use any natural cleaning product that is environmentally safe and contains phosphate-free cleaning agents.


  • Don’t flush anything other than toilet paper down the toilet.

Flushing tampons, sanitary napkins, baby diapers, cotton pads, rubber products, or any non-biodegradable item could cause blockages in your septic tank system. It is a great idea to only flush toilet paper down the toilet and nothing else.

  • Don’t pour any fat, grease, or oil down the drains.

Fats can stop the breakdown process of waste. It is a good idea to dispose of hard content in the garbage can or wipe down the greasy pots and pans with any paper towels available before rinsing the fat-covered pots and pans in the sink, which clog your septic tank system.


Sonny Hobbs,

Culleoka Company,

Owner, Principal

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1 comment

It’s excellent that you clarified how Tampons, sanitary napkins, cotton pads, baby diapers, rubber goods, and other non-biodegradable items should all be flushed to avoid clogging your septic tank system. It’s a really good idea to just flush toilet paper down the toilet. I should have done this, and as a result, our septic tank sustained damage. It has been causing clogs and an unpleasant odor in our house for a week now, so I will hire an expert to help.

Elle Jones

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