How to Make a Safe Septic Tank Drain Cleaner

Anything that goes down the drain and into your septic tank will eventually find its way into local groundwater systems. Harsh chemical products can interfere with the natural and beneficial bacterial action that helps break down solids inside the septic tank. Whenever possible, you should utilize biodegradable alternatives. Consider substitutes for harsh drain cleaners if you have a dirty or clogged drain.

You should not use harsh chemical drain cleaners with septic tank systems.
  1. Remove any drain stoppers to allow easy access to the drain.

  2. Run the hot water to get it as hot as possible for later use.

  3. Turn the water off, and pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain.

  4. Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar.

  5. Allow the mixture to bubble inside the drain for several minutes.

  6. Turn on the hot water and rinse the mixture down the drain.

  7. Repeat steps 3 through 6 if necessary.