Dirty Dishes

Oh, this is just lovely:

They just don’t make ‘em like they used to. Dishwashing detergents, that is. Really.

Thanks to environmental protection laws passed in 16 states, dish detergent manufacturers have been forced to remove powerful cleansing agents called phosphates from their formulas nationwide. The result? Detergents that don’t clean, reported Tampa Bay Online.

Local appliance repairman Don DiChristopher told the news agency that technicians were out in droves to frustrated customers who had already thrown out several sets of dishes or replaced their machines altogether, unable to get dishes clean.

Not quite on a par with the push to ban DDT that has resulted in millions of deaths from malaria, but nonetheless infuriating.

For years, I have been using Dawn dish washing liquid to clean my glasses. This was recommended by my optometrist and always got them spotless – until lately. I had not known about the reformulation of the detergents until now.

Now I know why my glasses have a film on them that Dawn doesn’t clean. And why there are splotches and discolorations on our old, everyday Corningware dishes.

The states that caused this are Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin according to this site.

We here at the Crabitat urge residents of those states to contact their legislators and express their displeasure at them. Residents of states that did not pass bans who are nonetheless suffering because of these states should contact the companies that produce their favorite brand of dish soap and express their displeasure at being railroaded into a lousy product because of the extremists.

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5 Responses to Dirty Dishes

  1. Maggie says:

    You know, the last few months I have been griping about how the soap, even Dawn, was NOT standing up in the water. I have had to continually use direct squirts on the scrub pad. I’ve been insisting our water treatment plant had changed the chemicals in the treatment for some reason. I never even made the connection it was the soap. And here I had heard this was happening on the west coast a couple years ago.

    Watch for increases in diseases due to unclean dishes and kitchen surfaces.

  2. Sam L. says:

    I clicked on the link and the fourth comment confirmed my thought–hardware stores have the solution, TSP.

  3. BadBob says:

    Yeah that sounds about right. Kinda like legislating new pour spouts on portable gas cans so they won’t blow back and spill gas but don’t pour worth a darn either. Or legislating bulbs that save energy but require hazardous waste disposal. God save us from politicians who pretend they know what’s best for us!

  4. Gaius says:

    Yeah, I’m going to stop and get some. I also ordered some industrial (original formula) Dawn to stockpile. The world may be going to hell in a handbasket, but I will be able to see it do so….

  5. Maggie says:

    What will they clean those poor birds with after the next big oil spill?

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