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  • Writer's pictureChristina Hart

Dishwasher not cleaning

Updated: Dec 4, 2019

Blame Phosphate-Free Detergent

Phosphates in detergent refers to an ingredient in a detergent product. The advantage of using phosphates in a consumer laundry detergent or dishwashing detergent is that they make detergents more efficient by chelating calcium and magnesium ions. The disadvantage of using phosphates is that they remain in wastewater and eventually make their way to a natural body of water. While phosphates are low toxicity, they instead cause nutrient pollution and feed the algae. This leads to eutrophication and harmful algal bloom.

Many countries have banned the use of phosphates in detergent, including Canada, the European Union and the United States.

SO! The new soap has gotten better lately to keep up to the industry. In our house we use Finish.

FINISH dishwashing products are biodegradable-safe for the environment.

All Finish automatic dishwashing products are safe for septic systems (which we are on). Quality detergents like FinishQuantum Max contain both bleach and enzymes, so you don’t need to pre-rinse. Bleach fights tough stains like tea and coffee, and enzymes breakdown proteins and starches. All you have to do is scrape the larger pieces into the trash and load your dishwasher.

The optimal water temperature is 125° – 140° F and of course proper loading is imperative to get a good clean. (learn more here)

(we use the cleaner as it helps take the white film off the dishwasher components in our Kitchenaid dishwasher - we have poor water in our area) This stuff works great!


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