Use Baking Soda to Maintain Septic PH

Maintain your septic tank by flushing one cup of baking soda, every two weeks down the toilet. It helps maintain proper ph levels and control sulfide odors.


By Denise from Bristol, Quebec

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November 10, 20080 found this helpful

Instead of paying for Rid-x or other similar products for the septic tank, simply open a packet of yeast that you purchase from the baking aisle in the grocery store. Pour out the yeast into the toilet bowl, then flush the toilet. Doing this enhances the good microorganisms to keep the septic tank working better.

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November 10, 20080 found this helpful

If your washing machine feeds in the septic tank add baking soda to the rinse. Double duty. Helps make clothes soft and works in the septic tank too.

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By Carol in PA (Guest Post)
November 11, 20080 found this helpful

IMHO the septic tank and system needs to be acidic rather than alkaline. If you put baking soda into your tank, I think you may actually be working against the natural decomposition of what's in there. I would put vinegar rather than the alkaline of baking soda, but as I said its my opinion. I think of the septic tank being similar to a compost pile in composition. You don't want to do anything to destroy the natural bacteria living in it.


Also, I have read of others who put yeast into the septic tank. But I am not convinced that a product that reproduces and grows will "eat" what is in the tank or otherwise aid decomposition or rotting. We need whats in the tank to rot and decay. Its dead. I don't think adding another plant substance will help that in any way. But of course, I could be wrong.

Best wishes always,

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May 9, 20200 found this helpful

I don't do either of those things, that my mother-in-law has use baking soda and yeast together in her toilet for 80 years oh, yes at LOL she is a hundred and two and she has never had a problem with her septic

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July 8, 20100 found this helpful

I used to live in Bowie, MD where we had a septic tank and I used a package of yeast flushed down my toilet about once a month. I think in the ten years we lived there, I only had it drained once.

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January 6, 20180 found this helpful

I actually had a septic service give the same advice, a pack of yeast every couple of weeks

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