Do folks have suggested brand names of hand soaps, dish soaps, and laundry detergents which are relatively easy on septic systems.
I have two rental units and would like to give conccrete suggestions to my tenants.
Thanks very much.
Laundry days are a lot of soapy water into the septic tank. Better to
dump it out on the ground rather than into a septic tank I can't imagine
that any hand soap would be a problem unless someone has a hand-washing
Most dish detergent and many laundry powders have low levels of
phosphates , which is considered to be a good thing so look for low
phosphate soaps and powders since you will be dumping the phosphates on your
The layer looked like what you might see on a cup of cold gravy.
Some sort of fatty build-up. I'd have to look up the chemical
difference between solid and liquid detergents to give a good technical
Most important thing is not to put anything down your septic that does
not readily degrade. I'd include cooking grease and fatty leftovers but
op was specifically asking about cleaning agents and that is what my
septic guy had told me - use liquid detergents.
A soap and a detergents differ as carboxylate salts vs sulfonate salts.
Soaps, I do know, scum up with hard water whereas detergents remain more
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