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
4 lifetime posts
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)
Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon