I looked at the Tide Free powder but it never said
anything abt being OK to use it in a front loader
By the way..... does powder detergent really clog up a
septic? What exactly happens?
I may need to know this if I ever build in the country
and have a septic system or lagoon
Does it affect lagoons as well?
if one is on a septic system there are a number of things to avoid.....
1. Do not flush kleenex ....the fibers are heavy duty and take longer to
2. Do not flush oily or greasy foods.
3. No coffee grains
4. No cigarette butts
5. No tampons feminine products
6. no Dental floss
Friend had his septic flushed and numerous condoms were found floating
LOL so no condoms.
There is also a number of things one cannot/should not plant near or
over a septic system. There is a host of info on the www. Powdered
dishwasher detergent and powdered laundry detergents may not totally
dissolve and over time could be a problem for the system.
On Wed, 29 Mar 2006 10:32:04 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
As you know top loaders use less water and detergent than a front
loader. Even less detergent if you have soft water or use a water
softener. It should be OK to use Tide Free in your front loader, but
I suggest using half as what is recommended, perhaps a third or half
cup to a large load. If you don't see any suds, add a tablespoon more
of detergent to the next load. It is a trial and error thing, but
eventually you will know the proper amount. Too much detergent, and
you'll have a mess to clean up!
No. Tide in powder or liquid form is safe for septic tanks.
I've read that this is true of all brands, that research has not
substantiated the presumption that powders are worse.
The worst septic-system problems come from clogging the clay in the
drain field. I don't know how lagoons work, but if they drain
through clay, they could have the same problems.
Doing laundry can damage a drainfield three ways. If you use too
many gallons of water in a day, it may force the air out of the
drainfield, which stops the beneficial bacteria. The lint from
clothing can clog the clay, which is why filtering the drain water
from a washer can protect a septic system. Cations such as sodium
can turn some clays into hardpan, which is why it can help for a
household to minimize the use of soap.
I wonder how the water efficient front loaders compare. I am not sure how
your top loaders work but here they use far more soap. There should not be
many - if any- suds visible in an automatic front loader. An automatic
powder should always be used, the other sort is no good whatsoever. I prefer
liquid these days anyway.
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