The title of this post might be a little misleading because Unfortunately there’s no great way to dissolve wipes in septic tanks.

The paper or cellulose material that these are made of is not easily dissolved. Mechanical removal is generally the best option.

Although it would be interesting to see whether Schweizer’s reagent would be effective in dissolving clogs of this type, it would probably not be a good idea. The copper in it is toxic to many kinds of aquatic life, and it’s also possible that the dissolved cellulose would precipitate somewhere else in the system as the mess of reagent and dissolved cellulose became more diluted.

Will drain cleaner dissolve baby wipes?

Since most wipes are synthetic polymer plastics then my guess would be no.

What dissolves baby wipes?

Baby wipes are made using non woven fabric, so to dissolve them would require a very strong acid. If you are looking for a way to dispose of them without adding to the landfill, you could recycle them. They are usually made of a blend of polyester and some natural fibers.

It might seem gross, but they can be put in a bin with baking soda, just like cloth diapers, and then washed in the washing machine to sanitize them. These fluffy little rags can be used as stuffing for pillows or anything that needs some puff.


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