Jump to content

For those that have septic tanks, how do you clean toilet?


  • Please log in to reply
16 replies to this topic

#1 lucy-lu

Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:30 AM

Hi,

For those with a septic tank how do you clean your toilets, to avoid using chemicals that will disrupt the septic but still manage to clean the toilet...?



Thanks,

#2 julz78

Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:34 AM

We don't have a septic tank but have lived on a property in the past that does we just used bi carb and vinegar.

#3 Beancat

Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:38 AM

I grew up on a farm and also had my own property with a septic for 6 years.  i just used standard toilet cleaner and bleach.  Never ever had a problem.  Used to get the septic pumped out every 2-3 years just for maintenance - I dont even know if this is necessary, but did it anyway

#4 FeralZombieMum

Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:43 AM

Is it a septic that gets pumped out, or does it get treated and go on the garden?

Our waste water is treated and it relies on bacteria in the tank to break everything down and make it 'safe' for the garden (water isn't allowed to be used on fruit trees or vegetables).

If we use normal toilet cleaners, then the bacteria is killed off, so we use just vinegar and bicarb.

#5 GamerMum

Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:46 AM

I just use usual toilet cleaner. I didn't know that I couldn't :/

#6 lucy-lu

Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:51 AM

The septic goes back into the garden

#7 TheGreenSheep

Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:55 AM

Ours is the septic that gets pumped out into lines underground. Its a worm farm style one.

I use bleach.

At first I was really scared that Id would kill all the worms in it. But after speaking to the installer he reassured me that for ours bleach is ok as its diluted and would only kill a very very very small amount and the would regenerate quickly. Ive even gone so far as to look inside the septic. And surprisingly if its a healthy environment it smells like nothing. Just that earthy smell from all the water inside.

#8 librablonde

Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:56 AM

Bleach and other harsh cleaners kill the good bacteria that you need in a septic system that breaks down the "solids" in your septic tank. I use cheap white vinegar in a spray bottle and occasionally bi-carb sprinkled on the bowl to scrub stains. The vinegar eliminates odours (and the vinegar smell goes away in a couple of hours). I never put sanitary items or anything else down the toilet as it won't break down in the tank. With a family of 7, we will get the tank pumped out every 2 years or so and it costs us about $250. They take the tank contents away in a big truck and it's all contained and finished in about half an hour. Love your septic and it'll love you back for years and be trouble-free. Not caring for it will end in a great deal of stink and money and mess (I learned that the hard way, unfortunately  mad.gif  )

#9 lucy-lu

Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:44 AM

I have just used bicarbonate and vinegar but it didn't get everything out, so I added a small squirt of toilet duck and then it came out.
I don't use belch, but just thought there is something more effective yet still good for the septic.

Fr other cleaning I use earth products, bathroom, floors, however I don't think they have a toilet cleaning range..
Thanks,

Edited by lucy-lu, 06 February 2013 - 09:47 AM.


#10 *LucyE*

Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:23 PM

Do you have manual for your system or can you google the make?

We had the old style system that released water underground via trenches. That system wasn't so fussy but if you killed the bacteria, the tank would fill with solids more quickly.

We now have a bio septic. It has 4 chambers and purifies the waste water to a higher standard than the old style trench. Technically the output water is considered 'recreational grade' and one of the plumbers I spoke to, said that it was cleaner than the mains water from a regional shire he works in. I need to be more careful with what I put into this system because killing the beneficial bacteria would lead to an expensive and smelly problem. The sludge tank still needs to get pumped out every few years because there are some solid waste that is not released into our garden. Roughly every 6 years is what we are aiming for with our family of 5.

I occasionally use Napisan but it is well diluted and as a PP said, a healthy bacteria colony will regenerate quickly. The only thing our plumber said not to use were any antibacterial products such as pinoclean.

#11 VintageEyes

Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:30 PM

The maintenance guy for our bio septic said to use the pink napisan

#12 lucy-lu

Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:30 PM

QUOTE (*LucyE* @ 06/02/2013, 02:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Do you have manual for your system or can you google the make?

We had the old style system that released water underground via trenches. That system wasn't so fussy but if you killed the bacteria, the tank would fill with solids more quickly.

We now have a bio septic. It has 4 chambers and purifies the waste water to a higher standard than the old style trench. Technically the output water is considered 'recreational grade' and one of the plumbers I spoke to, said that it was cleaner than the mains water from a regional shire he works in. I need to be more careful with what I put into this system because killing the beneficial bacteria would lead to an expensive and smelly problem. The sludge tank still needs to get pumped out every few years because there are some solid waste that is not released into our garden. Roughly every 6 years is what we are aiming for with our family of 5.

I occasionally use Napisan but it is well diluted and as a PP said, a healthy bacteria colony will regenerate quickly. The only thing our plumber said not to use were any antibacterial products such as pinoclean.


we have old style, new trench dug recently.



#13 Three Of Hearts

Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:44 PM

I just use harpic toilet cleaner.  They all say on the back if they are safe to use with septic systems or not.  Most of them are but there are some powder cleaners that are not.

#14 *LucyE*

Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:22 PM

QUOTE
we have old style, new trench dug recently.

Old style is a bit more forgiving.  Just add some of that Actizyme or some yoghurt down the pipes the next few days.

#15 lucy-lu

Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:26 PM

Thank u


#16 Crinkle cut

Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:35 PM

QUOTE
Our waste water is treated and it relies on bacteria in the tank to break everything down and make it 'safe' for the garden (water isn't allowed to be used on fruit trees or vegetables).



We also have one of these and use all the regular cleaning products - just not a large amount of them.  The only time we've had problems is when we have used too much bleach or disinfectant or when we put one of those 'blu loo' things in the toilet cistern.  We use acti-zyme on our drains a few times a year but other than that no special care is taken.

#17 Lyn29

Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:02 PM

.

Edited by bye, 29 March 2013 - 02:28 PM.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

Finding baby name inspiration in unusual places

Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.

The case for inducing at 37 weeks

While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?

Does controlled crying really work?

Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.

How I taught my infant to use a toilet

As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.

'I thought it was impossible': Emily Symons pregnant at 45

Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.

Shallow water blackout kills fit, healthy dad

A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.

Afternoon naps may be bad for toddlers' sleep

You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.

Best gifts for newborns, new mums and christenings

We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.

Jaime King to be a mum again

Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.

Nannies should receive government funding

The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found. 

Common skin irritations in newborns (and how to treat them)

As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?

10 wall decals for the nursery or playroom

Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.

Preschooler walks 2.4km home alone

Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.

Video: Why mums get nothing done

In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.

The middle name game

The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.

Have a baby or your money back - but there's a catch

A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.

A rare glimpse inside the womb

A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.

Battered mum forced to write to her attacker ex in jail

Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.

Woman pleads not guilty to ultrasound scam

A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Brain damaged mum receives compensation

A Sydney mother who suffered brain damage when she was hit by a car while pushing her newborn baby in a pram has reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with the driver's insurance company.

Indigenous midwives break down the barriers

A culturally sensitive midwifery service has gained the trust and respect of Aboriginal women.

The Katering Show's next big delivery

Most mums-to-be plan to take things easy and perhaps have a little break from work as the birth of their baby draws near. Not Kate McCartney.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

Why I have mixed feelings about Cindy Crawford's leaked photo

Last week an un-retouched photo of model Cindy Crawford surfaced, showing the 48-year-old mother-of -two posing in underwear.

How to create a Peppa Pig pancake

Thought your toddler could not love pancakes any more than they already do? How about if the breakfast treat came in the shape of every two-year-old's favourite cartoon character?

'It's a little life, not a little loss': pregnancy after miscarriage

I thought I was never going to be able to have a successful pregnancy. I decided that I wasn't going to form an emotional attachment with this baby.

Bonds Baby Search 2015: what you need to know

February 18 marks the start of one of the most prolific annual baby competitions in Australia: the Bonds Baby Search. And this year is going to be more special than ever.

Who will manage your Facebook account when you're gone?

This is not something that people like to talk about, but Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their pages after they die.

Struggling mum of four wins $188 million

Mother of four Marie Holmes was financially struggling after quitting her jobs at Walmart and McDonald's in order to care for her children.

Pregnant obese women a 'relatively new problem', coroner hears

A first-time mother whose daughter died hours after her frightening birth insists she was never told of the risks of being obese and pregnant.

'I'm angry as hell': the story behind mum's passionate vaccination plea

She has labelled parents who do not vaccinate their children "misinformed imbeciles" - and for that, she makes no apologies.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

8 different kinds of tantrums

I never thought I’d say this, but for a brief moment last week, Kim Kardashian and I had something in common: both our kids had public tantrums.

Polycystic ovary syndrome: symptoms, treatment and your fertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.

What's the best position for giving birth?

If doing it on your back is out, what's the best position for labour and birth?

Wife forgives snake catcher husband for car surprise

With Valentine's Day coming up, Nat Gilbert could be forgiven for thinking her husband might be planning a surprise for her.

Kids who meet milestones at their own pace

We usually only hear the success stories: tales of the two-year-old who’s talking, running and completely toilet trained. But other stories need to be told too.

Ruby shines as Bonds Baby

Sarah Kiss has a word of advice for proud mums and dads who are keen to enter their babies in this year's Bonds Baby Search Competition - just have fun.

Why dads should go to sleep school

If your family needs to go to sleep school, go with them. You are part of that family and you are part of the solution.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Win a KitchenAid Mixer

Let's celebrate 300,000 fans on Facebook

To celebrate, and to thank our amazing fans, we?re giving away a KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.