Toilet Paper Advice for Septic Tanks

March 8, 2011

Safe Toilet Paper for Septic TanksWhat is the best toilet paper for septic tanks?

By Tere from Riverside, CA



March 9, 20111 found this helpful

Scot Tissue says "Safe for septic tanks" right on the package. We've used it for years without any problems. Stay away from products like Charmin. They are the worst for septic tanks.


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March 9, 20110 found this helpful

Most plumbers will tell you not Charmin. Especially the ultra which has lotion. Also it depends on how many people are in your family. If you want to run a test. Try different kinds in a sink of water and see which won't dissolve. Toilet paper is like tissue. Puffs is easy on your face but doesn't absorb well.

March 9, 20112 found this helpful

Forget about your brand. We have always followed the 6 sheet rule. Tear off no more than 6 sheets fold neatly and use. Generally that is more than enough. Occasionally you will have to repeat. This still uses far less than wadding it up. The biggest thing you can do to prevent septic system problems is get rid of or do not use your garbage disposal.


All matter going down the toilet is already digested and broken down. Water from the showers, sinks,etc. is just water. Compost of trash your food items, peels and waste!

March 9, 20112 found this helpful

Our septic system lasted 5+yrs longer by using tp used for campers/rv's. It's a bit more expensive but it immediately dissapears in contact with water. Can't go wrong with that!


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March 9, 20111 found this helpful

We have always used Scott as well. We tried Charmin and had problems. Scott disintegrates faster and flushes down better.

March 9, 20112 found this helpful

I have been using Northern for 20 years with no problems.

March 10, 20114 found this helpful

Don't flush it at all. Put a trash can, I line them with Wal-mart sacks, next to the toilet for the used toilet paper and then we empty daily.

March 14, 20112 found this helpful

In addition to really being conscious of using very little toilet paper (we use the kind from Aldi which states "septic safe" on the package), don't forget to use a product like Rid-X once a month. We use something called Green Pig which comes in packets that dissolve in the bowl. I make a mental note to use this on the first of each month.


(I'm pretty paranoid about the septic system since moving into our home that needed many renovations including new carpet in finished basement. Our septic tank backed-up all over less than 48 hours after the carpet was installed - when it comes to the septic, you can't be too careful!)

July 26, 20162 found this helpful

We have a much-used septic system with 12 people currently living in our home. The only toilet paper that works well for us is Scott. It really is the best for septic systems. We tried another brand similar to Scott that is septic-safe, but it did not dissolve as quickly as Scott. You can test any toilet paper against Scott, by putting them in water side-by-side, and you will see the difference.

September 24, 20160 found this helpful

We have been in our house on septic for 10 years, use Charmin every day and have never had a problem. We were in our previous house 8 years, used Charmin every day, never had a problem. Please don't use too much ( however, I am a "wadder" not a "folder" so I'm sure I use more than some people!) and make sure to flush thoroughly.


Don't put anything down your drain that is greasy (such as in garbage disposals) or that can kill the bacteria. For those folks who recommend Rid-X, I have to say that the only people o ever knew who had septic problems used Rud-X religiously -- coincidence?!

October 20, 20160 found this helpful

Septic tank keeps stopping up. What is the best toilet paper to use?

April 4, 20171 found this helpful

Scott brand also disappears in water,says right on the front "septic tank safe". Stop wasting money on the RV brand.

June 5, 20170 found this helpful

Do not use Rid-X if you have cement tanks for your waist. Rid-X eats away at the concrete causing expensive problems. We know this from experience.


There is natural bacteria in the tanks that does a good enough job on its own without adding products.

August 13, 20171 found this helpful

We have never put paper products down our septic, or grease, it's first time emptying it was after 25+years. The guy said it was the best looking tank he had seen. That being said, I would pump it and we have been pumping it every 3 - 5 years anyway.

September 22, 20171 found this helpful

Unfortunately I found this out too late. Already have had more septic problems to last me a lifetime!!! Am changing toilet paper immediately!

December 13, 20170 found this helpful

What's 'Pumping'?...?

January 1, 20180 found this helpful

According to septic professionals, should never use an additive in the septic, never. Certain septic pumping organizations do tell you to use them, but only their stuff which is usually very expensive.

January 18, 20180 found this helpful

We have not flushed toilet paper into our septic system for over 20 years but still have it pumped every 5 years. Never a problem.


The only thing is I can't ask guests to not flush TP but it's of little consequence because they do not stay long.

April 23, 20180 found this helpful

Stop using septic additives.. It's not only not necessary it can cause damage to your lateral line... Having your system cleaned every 3-5 years is necessary.

July 25, 20180 found this helpful

How does it measure up in comfort ?

March 2, 20200 found this helpful

Under no circumstances should you ever add Rid-X to your septic system! I was a professional licensed installer for years and a government inspector. I have seen the results and cost of repairing a system for someone who used it and the cost was in the $2,00.00 to $4,000.00 range to replace the laterials.

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March 8, 2011

Which is the best toilet paper brand to buy for septic tanks and which is the worse? We are hearing that Charmin does not break down like it should.


December 21, 2010

I called to have the tank pumped just for the maintenance, not because I was having any problems. On the surface of the tank was 1 1/2 maybe 2 feet thick of, for lack of a better word, "junk".


July 21, 2010

We just bought a 1970's fixer upper with a septic tank, we are new to this and have been putting toilet paper for septics down it.

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