How is your dishwasher doing lately? Not cleaning so well? Are you having trouble getting your dishes clean? Are you finding them "filmy" even after they've gone through a complete cleaning cycle?
Just recently, my husband shared with me that the dishwashing detergent companies (mainly Proctor and Gamble) have recently taken out phosphates from the manufacturing process of making their detergent, namely Cascade...which I've used for some time now, because I find it worked the best. I would mostly use coupons when I had them, but even if I didn't, I'd still use/buy Cascade because I thought it did the superior job. They took out the phosphates in an attempt to be a greener company....and did it with no announcements or PR letting customers know what they had done. I'm not sure about other companies, but it is my belief that other companies are following suit. Some people (I heard on a CNN news story) have taken to adding trisodium phosphate to their dishwashers to get the same benefits.....but how much, I don't know.
So recently, I called the 800 number on the side of the box of Cascade that was found under my sink. They did not deny the fact that phosphates have been taken out, but they did not say they are working on a substitute for a more earth friendly yet equally as effective.....they simply offered to send me a coupon. They also suggested I try the capsules that contain more "enzyme" ingredients, but which cost a bit more as well.
When I googled this issue, I found some interesting reading offering several solutions.......you can read here:
Well, lo and behold, look what I have found thru my research.....apparently commercial institutions don't have the same restrictions as homes, so one can purchase THIS product found here, and it still contains the phosphates....ok, people, I know that I may encounter rage from some but I cannot abide dirty dishes. I am glad to recycle and do what I can for earth friendliness, but the dirty dish problem is not one I can deal with. So if you feel the same, look here:
http://www.restockit.com/Cascade-Automatic-Dishwasher-Detergent-85-oz-%2834953PG%29.html?pnl=1_4#ReviewHeader Read the reviews, and come back for mine after I have received mine and will let you know the results...right now, I am ONE HAPPY CAMPER!!
This post and the research to write it may have saved my sanity!
Edited to add an article that explains the whole story, in lengthy detail....