I am sick and tired of being sick and tired of my dishes looking like crap out of the dishwasher since they banned phosphates from dishwasher soaps. I blogged about this a while back, a long while back, but darned if I can find the post, even using my own search box with words “Dishwasher” “Phosphates” “Cascade”. A
dollar fiddy cents (sorry, the economy had unexpected downturn today!) to the person who can find the old story.
Anyway, I digress. We all know some idiot at the EPA decided phosphates were killing boodliedworps and skannycads in the deepest darkest forest of NoWhereLand and greenies were screaming phosphates were killing our waters. Not sewage treatment plants. Not gigantic oil tankers. Not speed boats. Not mindless people who throw their trash overboard. Phosphates in Cascade Detergent. Yep, that’s it.
No green website will tell you that phosphorus is found naturally in our soil and in human waste.
I digress again. After the last post, ranting about the how awful Cascade is now, many readers suggested adding products to the base of the dishwasher to bring back the sheen the dishes once had. I bought, and have been using with success, OxiClean Dishwashing Booster.
Well blow me over with a feather. Reading the back of the Finish Booster, what do I see but this:
DO NOT USE WITH LIQUID BLEACH DETERGENT.
I wasn’t even sure what that statement meant. So I called their 800 number – 1-800-228-4722, and asked, after waiting almost eight minutes what do you mean by liquid bleach dishwasher?
He said, like our Finish Gel Dishwasher product.
Certainly no manufacturer would make two of their own products have a negative reaction to each other, would they?
Yes, welcome to the wacky world of the Reckitt Benckiser Company of Parsippany, NJ, makers of Finish products. Seems yes, their own products can’t be used together. I asked the customer service man if he would explain the issue….what actually happens? Will my dishwasher explode? Will my dishes melt? Will they come out purple?
Here’s the answer I got:
It doesn’t say here what the known issue is with the two products or what will happen.
Poor guy on the phone. I started to laugh. An evil laugh, like what possible reason would there be for a reaction, or why on earth would they test, market, and sell two products that surely alot of people are going to buy together, then have in the smallest of print, Do Not Use with Liquid Bleach Detergent, which by the way, includes their OWN gel products.
So I go back to my original statement. When you elect me as your new Secretary of the EPA, I will bring back phosphate use so none of us needs to buy pricey boosters again. I am Finished With Finish. So there.
PS: I’m tweeting this to Renckitt Benckiser @discoverRB.