29 October 2008


Dishwasher detergent cost $5 at the grocery store tonight. To boot, there were only three choices and no generic. I decided right there in the aisle that I'd rather hand wash my dishes than pay $5 for something I can get in my hometown for $2.

You see, a few months ago, Bellingham & Whatcom County banned most dishwasher detergents.

I initially learned about it on the Huffington Post, of all places. I then checked the Bellingham Herald and they had a blurb on it. A blurb.

Rightfully so they are worried about the phosphates in the detergent damaging the watershed and are now only allowing "green" detergents. While it seems like a good idea, the way it was presented was kind of funny. It was apocalyptic if you continued to use it but the last sentence of the article stated "Households can finish whatever detergent they have on hand." So, if you just bought the 10 gallon bucket at Costco, continue on. Wait, what?

I made a joke at work about going down to Skagit County and buying "bootleg" detergent. That went over Not. At. All. WTH? I'm all for being green but this just seemed random. It was barely mentioned in the Skagit Valley Herald - the newspaper neighbor to the Bellingham Herald.

If it has such dire consequences, I would think a little more press would have been due. And, while I'm on a rant, they're singling out dishwasher detergent? Not laundry soap, bleach, fabric softener. Not car wash soap. Not persons with poorly operating septic systems.

Nope, the dishwasher is the enemy.

And this to try to repair a watershed that was damaged by over-development in the first place.

I just found the whole thing a little odd and just a little bit funny. RANDOM.

$5!! Now, I know I wouldn't bat an eye if it were a mocha but that's not the point. (:-D My point is that I will just buy bootleg detergent in the next county and until then I will wash my dishes by hand, which wastes more time, water & money in my humble opinion.

Make sure you keep your detergent locked up ladies & gentlemen. The life you save could be your own. (:-D

1 comment:

Not Your Aunt Bea said...

That is crazy. I'm all for saving the environment, but really, folks who came up with this idea? I am sooo tempted to send you the Sam's super economy sized tub of soap.