Phosphate Detergents on Decline
Phosphate detergent bans are creating change in industry.
Thanks to states like Washington for passing phosphate detergent bans and doing our dirty work for us!
Washington's statewide phosphate dishwashing detergent ban is effective July 2010. That means more phosphate free dishwashing soap will be available to consumers.
The soap and detergent industry is responding by making sure phosphate-free detergent is available everywhere, not just in states where the products are banned.
This is great news for Idaho, where phosphorus is a problem in our waterways.
Phosphorus is great for growing grass. But when it gets in our surface water, it also grows algae and weeds and it robs fish of oxygen. It slowly suffocates our waterways.
Using phosphate-free dish soap (at my house, we use the Kirkland brand, which works great!) helps keep this nasty nutrient out of our lake. Check out our Green Tips for other ways to protect water quality!