07:27AM | 08/06/05
Member Since: 05/05/05
4 lifetime posts
Our home has a septic system. My husband had the system cleaned a while back and the individual convinced my husband that the "bacteria" was low and he had to add a product to return the septic to healthy functioning. Of course $. He also told him to never use any bleach products as that would kill off all the bacteria.

I rarely use bleach in my laundry - but occasionally I need to.

I say that man was full of bunk! How much bacteria can a little bleach kill off when you have folks filling that septic tank with bacteria day in and day out.

What is the real deal with bleach in laundry use?



05:15AM | 08/10/05
Member Since: 08/29/04
227 lifetime posts
Well, bleach does kill bacteria. I would say use bleach very judiciously. It isn't just the bleach people use thats the problem, but nearly every soap today is made with anti-bacterial formulas. These formulas kill of the bacteria in your septic tank and also provide the possibility of mutating the bacterias into strains that resist antibiotics. But if you resist using these soaps and limit the use of your bleach, you will put enough bacteria from your intestines to keep your septic system functioning perfectly.

Raymond VinZant Plumbing Prof.


02:11AM | 08/14/05
Member Since: 05/05/05
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Thanks for your response. Not sure though if you are referring to our own personal septic system or the one that is connected to our homes. Or maybe both :). Although I guess your advise makes sence when applied to both systems.

What is your opinion regarding the stuff that is sold (that my husband purchased) that claims to "add good bacteria" and reestablish balance to the septic tank? (the one connected to our homes)


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