Those using a septic system should not use antibacterial soap. If you are on a septic system, you may find yourself wondering why this is. After all, you may want to kill all of the bacteria and germs on your hand that cause illnesses. Here are a few of the reasons why you should not be using antibacterial soaps with your septic system.
Antibacterial Soaps Kill Bacteria
It may sound obvious, but antibacterial soaps kill bacteria. You may be thinking to yourself, well yes, this is why I want to use the soap. To kill any germs and bacteria on my hands. However, what you may not realize is that your septic tank uses bacteria in the tank to break down waste. Your system uses anaerobic bacteria to break down waste in the tank and aerobic bacteria in the leach field to destroy any pathogens in the water that may be harmful. When you use antibacterial soap, you kill both types of bacteria in your system.
If you kill the anaerobic bacteria, those bacteria are no longer around to eat the waste that accumulates in your tank. This causes your tank to fill up, causing it to need to be cleaned and pumped more often. If you kill the aerobic bacteria, pathogens in the water entering your leach field may not be killed, with can be a huge environmental and safety issue.
The Soaps Do Not Break Down Like Environmentally-Friendly Soaps Do
The other major reason why antibacterial soap should not be used in a septic system is because the soap does not break down in the same fashion that septic-safe hand soaps do. These soaps are environmentally friendly and designed to break down quickly and easily. This prevents the soap from sticking to your pipes or the tank. It also helps to minimize the amount of space it takes up in a septic tank in the long term. Using septic-safe products that break down, such as septic-safe hand soap, helps to keep your tank and pipes properly functioning.