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.