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No Love for Phosp-hates

Noticed your dishwasher not cleaning your dishes like it used to? That’s because several states (including Indiana) have adopted a phosphate ban on all dishwasher soaps as of July 1. Phosphates were previously the main cleaning ingredient in dishwasher and laundry soaps. They are also doing severe damage to our environment. Phosphates promote algae growth in our water systems which damages these delicate ecosystems and the fish and animals that live in them. While the ‘fix’ for your dirty dishes is still up for debate, there are several things you can do.

  • Find a good soap, check out consumer reports for the best ones.
  • Use less of that soap, the hot water alone does a lot of the cleaning.
  • I have found that using a small amount of citric acid in with the soap helps keep the film off.
  • Or, call Vogel Appliances and have us come out and give your dishwasher a thorough cleaning and give you some other tips that you get when you call the experts out.
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    October 4, 2010 Posted by | Dishwasher | Leave a comment