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Septic System ProblemsFabric Softeners Have a Negative Impact on Septic Systems

We love the feel of soft clothes, and adding the fabric softener gives clothing that extra softness, and wonderful smell.  But, fabric softeners coat clothes with slimy chemicals.  The chemicals in softeners cause the fabric in clothes to become electrically charged, and the threads stand up to form the surface, which causes the fabric to feel softer.  Common softening chemicals are called “quats” or quaternary ammonium compounds.  Sounds healthy, right?  Definitely not healthy for your septic system! Don’t hesitate calling a licensed plumber if you need help with  your water softener installation in Indianapolis area.

Chemicals disturb Septic System

Fabric softeners may also include acids or bases in order to maintain the optimal pH for absorption, along with petroleum products, silicone-based antifoaming agents, emulsion stabilizers, fragrances and colors.  Fragrance added to most softeners are a mixture of toxic ingredients like phthalates and synthetic musks, which are both suspected hormone disruptors.  Fragrances can be irritating and are among the world’s top five allergens.

Harmful to Septic System

The Quats inadequate levels can kill off the beneficial bacteria in the septic tank and have been found to be harmful to the nitrification process.

Emulsion stabilizers impact the natural settling and stratification process within a septic system.

Petroleum products are potentially toxic to a septic systems natural microbes.

Alternatives to Fabric Softeners

Try using a cup of white vinegar per a load of laundering during the rinse cycle.  This is a natural alternative and safe for clothing and the environment.  It’s a natural sanitizer as well.  Adding essential oil and baking soda with the vinegar can add fragrance.  Make sure to purchase vinegar that is grain versus petroleum derived.

Call Carter’s My Plumber for more Info

If your toilets begin to gurgle, or you have slower than normal drainage, it may be a sign your plumbing’s septic system is overloaded or beginning to fail.  If you suspect issues it is wise to call your Plumber sooner than later.  At Carter’s My Plumber we carry a nontoxic product called Bioclean, which, is a natural “probiotic” for a septic system.  A teaspoon per day will help prevent drain blockages and harmony in the eco-system of your home’s septic system. If you’re looking for plumbers in Indianapolis area Call Carter’s My Plumber for more information at 317-859-9999.

Kelson Carter

Article reviewed by:

Kelson Carter, aka, The Prince of Plumbing

Kelson is a 3rd generation Plumbing Contractor. His family business is located in Greenwood, Indiana, and provides Residential Plumbing Service to the Indianapolis Metro market.

Kelson grew up watching his grandfather and father do plumbing. After graduating high school, Kelson went to Trade School and became a Licensed Master Plumber and Licensed Plumbing Contractor. He is also Certified in Backflow Prevention. He currently owns and operates Carter's My Plumber with his parents.


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