As of July 1, 2010, sixteen states have banned phosphates in detergents. Phosphates are harmful to the environment because phosphorous is like a fertilizer. It increases algae and aquatic weed growth in water bodies. Too much algae depletes oxygen needed for healthy fish and aquatic life. In short, the fish and aquatic life are being suffocated in their own homes.
While this is a great milestone for the environment, many consumers are unhappy. In the May 18, 2011, article titled “Dishes Still Dirty? Blame Phosphate-Free Detergent” by Elizabeth Shogren, NPR reported that consumers were disappointed with the results of their new eco-friendly detergents and were going to great lengths to find alternatives, even if it meant ignoring the ban and seeking out toxic ingredients.
So why aren’t these cleaners actually doing what they are meant to do? Why aren’t they CLEANING?
- There is a misconception that to be clean, something has to shine or smell or make a lot of bubbles. Many also feel that you need a lot of detergent to get your dishes clean. But a lot of detergent can add up to a lot of residue on your dishes.
- Many of the companies making phosphate-free detergents as a response to the ban are unfamiliar with really effective green methods of cleaning. In many cases, they took their usual chemical soup recipe and simply removed the phosphates, without updating the ingredients with green, eco-friendly, effective alternatives. Or worse, they just added bleach which creates a new suite of problems.
I’ve been using Shaklee’s Dish detergent for over a year. Shaklee has been producing phosphate-free automatic dishwashing detergents since 1991. These products have a 100% money back guarantee that they are safe, eco-friendly, non-toxic and effective. My dishes are just as clean as they were when I was using the toxic pods in my dishwasher. Additionally, I’ve saved money because I only need a very small amount of detergent to get my dishes clean. As a result, I only buy dish detergent 3 times a year. I used to use Cascade and I would go through a container every two months. I was spending $60 a year on Cascade and now I am spending $30 a year on Shaklee. AND, I’m doing something good for the environment.
I’m not the only one who’s impressed with this dish detergent. It won a PTPA award. PTPA provides an objective means to discover, appraise and promote new products designed to enrich family living. Awards are presented to companies whose products are deemed exceptional by a knowledgeable and unbiased panel of experts.