Don’t go Fixing your Dishwasher

I’d read a story in Consumer Reports a while back, that phosphate dish detergents were going to the wayside.

I didn’t think much about it.

Then the New York Times did a piece on it as well. Still didn’t pay much attention.

This week, I paid attention.

Apparently we are all evil algae growing sadists due to our dish detergent. So to keep us from encouraging the green scum in ponds, rivers, lakes, watersheds and oceans we must now use second hand dish detergent. Nothing worse than ugly water I guess.

I’m all for being green, but color me unconvinced. They did this a decade or so ago with laundry detergent and it didn’t change anything. So now they are screaming its the dish soap.

So don’t go spending money on fixing your dishwasher, it may not be the culprit at all if your dishes aren’t getting clean enough.

I’ve been using Electrasol/Finish with Jet Dry for years. Yeah, I’m home maker enough to be finicky.

The last 2 weeks? I might as well be using plain water. Nothings clean. Nothing works. Been ready to pull my hair out.

Fortunately again my old reliable friend Consumer Reports did some tests to find what worked and what didn’t. Not surprisingly nothing without phosphates tested real well.

So I can either make my own detergent, something that I am seriously considering since you can buy TSP at any hardware store or suck it up and deal with the status quo, which means doing dishes by hand, using more water (yea that’s real Eco friendly right?) , or running my dishwasher multiple times to get things clean using more electricity, more water, and more chemicals than I would doing it once.

What braincell came up with this? I mean, seriously?

So here’s the deal. I am going to embark upon making my own detergent, with phosphate. Let me know if ya’ll would be interested in the results/recipe when I’m done.

4 Responses to “Don’t go Fixing your Dishwasher”

  • Boquisucio:

    Heeey – We could start a boot-leg eeevieel industry here; shipping phosphate rich detergent nation wide. We could even rope Ry into being our *er* logistics manager. He’d be great in making dead drops of the stuff.

  • Gonna look at the ingredients in my Cascade Complete when I get home, if it has Phosphates in it, that means that soon it will not be working as well.

    Send me the full deal, results, ingredients. I hate hand washing dishes, and worse, I hate hand washing baby bottles….

  • Ditto, is why this torqued me heh. Very aggrivating

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