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Old 06-09-2013, 11:15 AM   #1
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Smile Good & Bad products for Septic Systems

I've been googling & searching and have found some brief lists about what is "bad" for your septic but cannot find what is "good" for your septic.

What I'm looking for is brand names of "good" cleaning products for washing dishes, cleaning windows, hand washing, bathing & shampoo...to name a few.

I've found the names of three "good" toilet tissues.

We're looking to buy a dedicated site in Washington state & I've looked on the government state site for tips, too.

Please share your tips, thank you.

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Old 06-09-2013, 11:40 AM   #2
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Your RV does not have a septic system. What it has are waste holding tanks. There are a number of good chemicals on the market. What I like is the Odorless brand and a decent single ply paper.

Some people use a bio system and some a homemade brew.

Then there are the ones that NEVER #2 in the toilet...only #1.


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I haven't used any chemicals for a few years ( since I learned you don't need them here ) . Water only.

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Since septic tanks depend heavily upon bacterial action, the primary thing to avoid, is using anti-bacterical agents, such as too much chlorine bleach.

The other big cuplrit is oil and grease, often addressed with a grease trap to prevent grease from getting into the septic system. As long as you don't summarily pour grease down the drain, residual grease should not present a problem.

Those are the only two things that come to mind.

The kind of toilet paper you use isn't an issue; it's just a marketing gimmick.
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:38 PM   #5
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The Geo Method, consists of one capful of any good fabric softner followed by one short squirt of "Green Dawn" liquid detergent.
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Wingnutz, we use the same cleaning products in the RV that we use at home. For the hands, body, hair, dishes, dishwasher, clothes washer, floor cleaning, window cleaning, leather care, cloth seat care, you name it. We use the same brand toilet paper, tooth paste, pain medications, shoe polish, and car wax. We even use the same brand waste paper can liners - plastic grocery bags, mostly from Walmart. Nothing to stress about, go have some fun.

PS: Use the toilet tissue that you like and quit worrying about finding a "good tissue".
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:44 AM   #7
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Washington requires phosphate free products. If your private site has a septic (common there), ask what the previous owners were using. The main thing for cleaning products is that they not be abrasive, many items in a travel trailer are acrylic or similar plastics, which will dull and scratch if you use abrasive products.
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:32 PM   #8
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Your waste system (as TXiceman says, it isn't really a septic) thrives on natural processes, meaning naturally occurring microbes eat the wastes products (food and body) and generally keep things working as designed, as long as you don't kill them off.

Actually, the waste system that your RV tanks dump into is NOT the one to be concerned about, since anything in your RV is, by definition, there only temporarily. If you killed off all the microbes in your black tank, the next poop would restore them fairly well. But dumping bad stuff into the campground system could mess everything up.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:44 PM   #9
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I use the Geo Method in my Trailer. BUt, I would like to try the Break Up Plus product bu they don't ship to Canada and I have not found a dealer here.
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Congratulations on your upcoming RV purchase. When you hook up to your septic system at your site, just use the stuff you use at home. There really isn't "good or bad" for the septic. We use Dawn for dishes, dollar store window cleaner (you asked but it doesn't figure into the septic), dollar store soft soap but not the anti-biotic kind--just a personal preference and any toilet paper on sale. We have been on a septic system at our house since 1977 with no problems. The advice about avoiding putting grease down the drain is a good one as well as not using a disposer but the RV's in my price range don't have one! Once you get the septic system thing down, then there is the whole new world of grey and black tanks while on the road. Good luck.
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At Jackson Rancharia RV Park, Jackson, CA an attendant immediately dumps your holding tank and issues a bottle of their own. I assume they feel you will abide by their rules and use none of the stuff with evil ingredients. Not too sure you can still buy it. Use lots of water and don't dump until you are at least half full.

Now if you must worry think about the price of fuel.

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