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Is Fabric Softener Bad For Septic Systems?

Do you ever consider the chemicals in your detergent or other goods while doing laundry? Fabric softeners have a distinct impact on your health and home that they don’t have on your clothing.

What are Fabric Softeners?

Fabric softeners are just as they sound, they intend to keep your clothes, towels, sheets and any other laundry soft. The softener coats the fabric in a small layer of chemicals that are electrically charged, making them soft.

Some chemicals that are included in fabric softeners include, petroleum products, silicone-based agents, fragrances, and hormone disruptors such as:

  • Benzyl Acetate
  • Benzyl Alcohol 
  • Ethanol 
  • Limonene
  • Chloroform 
  • And More..

These chemicals might not sound familiar but the harmful effects they can have on our health and septic system can be dangerous.

Why are Fabric Softener Bad for Septic Tanks?

Liquid fabric softeners, just like all other chemicals that get flushed down the drain, end up in our septic tanks. The problem is that these fabric softeners can actually damage and clog the pipes in our septic system.

Why are Fabric Softener Bad for Septic Tanks?

Liquid fabric softeners, just like all other chemicals that get flushed down the drain, end up in our septic tanks. The problem is that these fabric softeners can actually damage and clog the pipes in our septic system.

The chemicals in liquid fabric softeners can also kill the helpful bacteria that are essential for breaking down the solid waste in our septic tanks. This can lead to a backup in our system and a very costly repair bill. 

Alternatives

Soft clothes, especially sheets, make life comfortable. Just because you get rid of fabric softener while doing laundry, doesn’t mean you have to give up the feeling of your clothes soft to the touch when you take them out of the washer and dryer.

There are different alternatives to help keep your laundry soft. DIY recipes made with baking soda, Epsom salt, vinegar, and more can be the perfect solution.

If you have used fabric softener frequently in the past, consider having a septic inspection to make sure your system is working properly.

Turn to Fenkner Septic for all your residential and commercial septic needs in the Lake Wallenpaupack Area. You can reach us by calling  (570) 857-0105 or by filling out our online contact form.