Clorox and Gray Water Systems
Q. I have used Clorox® bleach all my life, and I was told to put a gallon down our well until we connect it. Can I then use Clorox on my clothes when I wash them if I am now to have a gray water system and use the water in my garden? This gray water will not be treated, just diverted to the garden.
By the way, I also like your Green Works® products — they are great! Do you make a dryer sheet? I think I can use this new line with the gray water system — correct?
A. I may be a little out of my league with the well question. Usually, pouring the bleach down the well head is recommended after a break or new installation to kill bacteria, etc.
Note the last line about flushing. After that, you should be able to continue using Clorox® Regular-Bleach2 in your laundry. One caveat: Make sure there isn’t iron in the well water as it can react with the bleach and form dark color bodies that may deposit on clothes. If this is true, you probably want to consider a water softener system, as this metal problem will show up in other areas of your house.
Yes, you can use the gray water for your garden. You might want to consider diluting it, since the surfactants/cleaning agents and salts in the detergents might be a little overpowering to start. The usual method would be to have a collection barrel, etc., which collects from a number of household run-offs (sinks, showers, etc.) which would help in the dilution process. If not, then I would use clear water, blend in a little gray water, and monitor the plants to see if they are adversely affected or could possibly use a higher ratio of gray to clear water. The Clorox® Regular-Bleach2 breaks down after use to mostly salt and water, with any unused bleach being reacted with material in your drain pipes long before it reaches the garden.
Glad you like our new Green Works® line. Yes, you can use the Green Works® products and include them in your gray water program. Sorry, we aren’t selling a dryer sheet, but the new laundry detergent should be available in your area now or very soon.