What Phosphate-Free Detergents Mean To You

Have you noticed a white film or residue on your dishes, glassware, plastic items, utensils or tub interior?

ECO-FRIENDLY CHANGE IN DETERGENTS

* As of July 1, 2010, 17 states passed laws PHOSPHATE-FREE (P-FREE) DETERGENTS
limiting the amount of phosphorous (phosphates) in household dishwasher detergents to no more than 0.5 percent. (Previous detergents contained up to 8.7 percent.)
Major manufacturers have reformulated their dishwasher detergents for the entire United States.
• Phosphates are difficult to remove in waste water at sewage treatment plants. They’re then discharged into rivers, lakes, streams and drinking water reservoirs where they cause environmental harm.
WHY THE BAN
• In freshwater, phosphates boost algae growth, which consume all the oxygen, ultimately killing the fish and plants
• They’re chemical additives in detergents that act as a cleaning agent helping to remove stains, break down grease and prevent spotting

WHAT ARE PHOSPHATES
• During washing, phosphates suspend food particles so they don’t stick to dishes. Plus, they soften water allowing suds to form for cleaning

Did You Know: Phosphates have been limited in laundry detergents since 1994. The change in dishwasher detergents is another step in the eco-conscious awareness found in today’s products and the eco-friendly choices consumers are making.
• Detergents without phosphates may leave a white film or residue on dishes, glassware, plastic items, utensils, even the dishwasher tub.
MAY CAUSE WHITE FILM ON DISHES
• When customers see this white film this can lead them to doubt or blame their dishwasher’s cleaning performance
Note: If a customer notices a white film, it can be assumed that the phosphate-free detergent is the problem. This film is a mineral buildup and not etching as a result of too much detergent.

WAYS TO HELP REDUCE WHITE FILM BUILDUP

  • Tablets and Pacs perform better than powder, liquid or gel detergents**
  • To minimize a repeat buildup of the white film, use a rinse aid.
  • This issue is more frequent in homes with hard water.
  • Dishwashers with built-in water softener systems are available in the market to soften the water and help reduce the white film.

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