Depending on where you live in the United States you may find your dishes aren’t getting as clean as they used to. Your drinking glasses may have a light grey film on them when you hold them up to the light. The inside door of your dishwashing machine may have a white film on it. If you have any of these issues congratulations. You probably live in one of the states where phosphates have been taken out of your dishwasher detergent. This was done by our government to protect our water supply. It’s a fact that phosphates result in algae blooms that can lower the oxygen supply in the water hurting the fish population. Phosphates have already been taken out of our laundry detergents. So if we have to hand wash some of our dishes after going through the dishwasher we’re helping our water supply. This all sounds great except restaurants, bars, and commercial businesses are exempt. The government does not want you eating off a dirty dish when you go out to dinner. Now I’m sure some of you are wondering where you can purchase the old dishwashing detergent with phosphates. Any janitor supply company ( O.K. Vacuum and Janitor Supply), or restaurant supply company will be carrying it.
I appreciate our governments efforts to protect the marine creatures in our water supply, but I only have one question. If you live in a city where your water goes through a water treatment facility the phosphates are removed along with the other bad stuff before it’s put back into our water supply. Also if the goal is to keep phosphates out of our rivers, streams, and lakes why is the fertilizer industry allowed to keep phosphates in their products. When you fertilize your lawn, or the farmer fertilizes his fields the rain causes runoff of phosphates directly into our water supply. It can’t be that their phosphates are okay, but could it have something to do with the lobbyist employed by the fertilizer industry protecting them from government regulations. I’m sure the restaurant, and lodging industry had lobbyist who got them exempted from this law also. Who’s your lobbyist in Washington? If you guessed no one you win the prize.I guess because we’re just humble taxpayers who don’t have a voice, it was easy to pass this regulation on the little people. I don’t remember any announcement, debate, or discussion about this. I just woke up one morning, and it was a done deal. I guess if phosphates are really harmful even after going through your water treatment plant then no one should be able to have them in their products. This includes the fertilizer, and the hospitality industry. I’m just saying.