This is a guest post by Jody Thompson. If you want to guest post on this blog, see the guidelines here.
If you live in an area with hard water, you’ve probably noticed a recent change in the performance of your dishwasher. Specifically, your dishes may have a white film or residue on them after running through your automatic dishwasher. In addition to looking dirty, these “clean” dishes can also feel gritty or gritty when you handle them. Some people grew quite frustrated because they could not find a solution to this problem. One week the dishwasher was working fine, then, within a few days, the dishes started looking terrible.
I have been researching this problem since the fall of 2010 and wanted to share what I have learned. Starting in the summer of 2010, many state governments began passing laws that changed the ingredients in dishwashing detergent. For example, the law went into effect in Massachusetts, Washington, and Oregon on July 1, 2010. Yes, it’s true. The new detergents don’t work very well anymore. Specifically, phosphate was banned as an ingredient in all consumer dishwashing detergents. The phosphate was the ingredient that helped the detergent to work better, and rinse hard water deposits from the dishes. Now that the phosphate is gone, some people with hard water can’t clean their dishes. Hard water deposits are mostly calcium and magnesium. They are not dangerous or harmful – but they make your dishes look terrible. Also, the inside of your dishwasher may be covered with white residue. When these hard water deposits build up substantially, they can form blockages in your drain (standing water at the bottom of your dishwasher) and your spray arm (the rotating arm which sprays water towards the top rack). Obviously if the water flow is obstructed in your dishwasher it will not clean your dishes properly.
You might be wondering why state governments passed these laws. The reason is based on environmentalism. Phosphate is believed to be responsible for the creation of algal blooms in our waterways. When phosphate is flushed into sewage systems, it eventually makes its way into both fresh and salt water bodies. There it acts like a fertilizer and encourages algae to grow in the water. Algae grow quickly and consume a lot of oxygen in the water. When oxygen is severely depleted, aquatic life in the area becomes oxygen hungry. Here in Florida, the Gulf of Mexico has seen algal blooms that are responsible for the death of thousands of fish in a matter of weeks.
To overcome the problem, I heard stories of people who bought a completely new set of dishes, only to discover that their new dishes were soon also covered in plaster film. Other people bought new dishwashers because they assumed their old dishwasher was defective. In most cases of chalky dishes, cloudy, sandy, the problem is the deposits of hard water. Nothing more complicated.
I did a lot of reading, talked to some appliance retailers, and talked to some chemistry professors at our local university. I have carried out many experiments with my own dishwasher and after dozens of trial and error, I have created a product that solves this hard water problem. It is all natural, contains organic orange peel powder, and contains no phosphates. And I promise it works very well. It will make your dishes and the inside of your dishwasher look like new again. It will break up the hard water clog in your sprayer arm and drain. It is a powder that you add to each wash cycle. Use 1-2 tablespoons and less of your normal detergent. So your cost per wash does not increase.
Another feature of the product is that it is packaged in reused water bottles. Recycling a plastic bottle is good, but reusing a plastic bottle is even better! We may be the only company in America that sells a first-rate product in a used container. Take a look at my website and buy a bottle if you want your dishes to be clean again! The product is called CitriClean and can be found at https://www.CitriClean.net
I’m Jody Tompson, a father, husband, and professor in Tampa, FL. I founded CitriClean of Florida, LLC in March of 2011. Contact me: [email protected]