Which Cleaning Products are Safe to Use in a Septic Tank?
You must avoid using certain cleaners in your septic tanks. Using harsh chemicals can poison your septic system. Some cleaners kill the beneficial bacteria in the system, which can stop the septic tank from working properly.
A septic tank is required if your home is not connected to a main sewage system. It processes sewage on site, and requires a bit of extra care to make sure it works properly.
How Does a Septic Tank Work?
A septic tank works by using time and gravity to separate the wastewater from your house into three layers. The top layer called scum, a middle layer of liquid, and the solid/ sludge layer which sinks to the base of the tank.
The liquid layer is treated in the tank by naturally occurring bacteria, and the liquid is then drained into a disposal field where it soaks into the ground.
Every three years or so, a contractor is required to pump the sludge out of the tank.
Septic Tank Maintenance
Think of your tank as a living digestive system. You don’t want to feed it too much, and you want to minimise any contamination. Making sure you scrape your plates before washing them, don’t use an Insinkerator, don’t wash excess chemicals and oils down the drain, and don’t flush anything other than human waste and toilet paper.
Choosing Cleaning Products Safe to Use in a Septic Tank
Part of looking after your septic tank system is using the correct cleaning products. Chemicals such as bleach kill the good bacteria in the system. That means your wastewater won’t be treated properly. This results in a very strong unpleasant odour and means your liquid that is drained into the disposal field may still contain harmful bacteria.
To avoid these problems, use cleaning products sparingly. Avoid anti-bacterial products, caustic solutions sure as drain and oven cleaners, and ammonia based cleaners. Consider changing and using environmentally- positive products. Our products use essential oils as a natural scent, and even our harshest mold-killing cleaner uses white vinegar as a base. Dream Eco Products are cleaning products safe to use in a septic tank systems and yet still effective household cleaners.
The kids are screaming, your book is up to an exciting bit, or maybe George Clooney popped by- and you burned dinner. To a cinder. Follow our simple steps to clean burnt pots without loads of effort.
We’ve all wandered off when cooking, gotten distracted by cat videos on the internet, and ended up burning pots. We’ve put our brightest minds onto how to clean burnt pots without damaging the pot, or our sanity.
Not one product will clean everything, and not one solution is appropriate for all pot surfaces. We’ve compiled a list of the best options to clean everything from the easy, to the down-right cindered, solid mass. The first thing to do is to stop it burning further, which means cooling it (slowly, don’t plunge it into cold water as this damages the pot). After that, it depends on the product. There are some fairly deep science explanations regarding the chemical composition of the burnt food but for those of us that aren’t scientists…
Burned something sweet? Things like caramel can burn in seconds- but luckily, they are simple to clean. Fill the pot with water and a squirt of dishwashing liquid. Leave to sit and the sugar dissolves all by itself.
Whether it’s potatoes, noodles, or milk, it’s the same advice. Cover the burned area with water, add a squirt of dishwashing liquid, and return the pot to the stove top. Bring the water to a gentle simmer, and leave for up to a few hours. Then, let cool overnight and it should easily scrub off the following day.
You can also use baking soda to clean burnt pots instead of dishwashing liquid.
If baking soda or dishwashing liquid is unsuccessful, try using a light acid based product such as vinegar, this may work if the alkaline products have not helped.
Cleaning Cast Iron Pans
You can’t use metallic abrasives or harsh scouring chemicals on cast iron as it removes the pan seasoning. Le Creuset advise using a plastic brush to remove what is possible in the first instance. Then heating the pan with water inside, and using nylon or soft abrasive pads to remove any other burnt food.
Are you faced with a plastic tsunami every time you open your drawers or cupboards? Not sure how to start organising your plastic food storage containers? We’ve got some simple tips for you.
Make Your Life Easier by Organising Your Plastic Food Storage Containers
It’s easy to procrastinate from organising your plastic food storage containers. Your plastic drawer or cupboard can be a nightmare. We’ve all opened a cupboard to a waterfall of loose plastic, or spent 20 minutes looking for the right matching lid! The good news is that it doesn’t actually have to be a drama to clean it up and it doesn’t take much effort to maintain.
Empty the Plastics Drawer or Cupboard
Take everything out and wipe out the drawer. Now to solve the puzzle- find a lid for each container. Throw out the lids or containers that don’t have a mate. Containers that are cracked are often harbouring germs in the crack, and melted lids don’t offer an airtight seal, so it’s time to throw them out too. They are just taking up space. You might have to accept that your favourite Tupperware container with the slightly melted lid is past its use-by date.
If your plastics are stained, this is a good time to clean them. Depending on the stain, different things may work. If tomato or turmeric based food has been microwaved in the container, then that stain is likely set and cannot be removed. Try soaking in vinegar, or you can make a paste from baking soda and let it sit overnight. Rub the plastic with lemon and let sit in the sun to activate the natural bleaching properties of lemon. However, don’t use bleach is it can be absorbed into the plastic.
Set Up a System for Your Plastics Drawer
Your system has to work for you so that your system for organising your plastic food storage containers works long term. Do you store the containers with the lids attached? This will take up a lot of room but makes it easy to see what’s available so next time you’re trying to find the right-sized container for the leftovers, it’s simple to see what size you need.
The other option is having a container to store the lids in separately from the bases. That way you have a line-up of lids. The bases you can stack into each other in descending sizes. This is the best option for those short on space. If you have an old dish rack or magazine boxes, these are ideal to use to stack the lids in.