It's not easy being green

Folks in Spokane County in Washington state are singing along with Kermit the Frog "It's not easy being green."  The county passed a law banning the sale of dishwasher detergent containing phosphates with the intention that residents would use the ecologically correct brands.  Well, they did and didn't like them; it seems they leave dishes dirty, not removing grease, stains and small pieces of food.  Yech!  Detergents with phosphates do that but  Phosphates — the main cleaning agent in many detergents and household cleaners — break down grease and remove stains. However, the chemicals are difficult to remove in wastewater treatment plants and often wind up in rivers and lakes, where they promote the growth of algae. And algae gobble up oxygen in the water that fish need to survive. Phosphates have been banned nationwide in laundry detergents since 1993. So how do Spokane County residents solve the problem?  Preferring...(Read Full Post)