Maintaining your septic system can save you thousands of dollars in preventable repairs. Part of maintaining your septic system is watching what you put into it, toilet paper included. So, what is the best toilet paper for a septic system?
Toilet Paper Labeled as Septic Safe
There are some brands that market their product as a septic safe toilet paper. These types of paper are designed to dissolve quickly and are much easier to find. These brands will have septic safe or fast dissolving written directly on their labels.
Recycled Toilet Paper
Recycled toilet paper is better for the environment than other types of brands and your septic system for several reasons. First, it’s made from recycled materials not virgin pulp wood. By no means is recycled toilet paper made from used toilet paper.
Recycled toilet paper is septic safe because it doesn’t contain as much bleach or chlorine as other types of paper. Bleach is one of those chemicals that can harm the bacteria needed in your septic to break down matter.
Biodegradable Toilet Paper
All toilet paper will eventually break down in your septic system making all brands and types of toilet paper biodegradable. However, there are some types of toilet paper specifically designed to break down at a fast rate – these are labeled biodegradable.
Biodegradable toilet paper needs less water to break down and dissolves much faster than standard types of paper. The downside is the toilet paper is rougher and not as absorbent. Biodegradable toilet paper is more expensive than other types and can be harder to find.
The best toilet paper for a septic system falls into one of the above three categories. If you read your labels before making a purchase, your septic system will thank you by running more smoothly and clogging less.