Skip to comments.How to get your dishwasher back (Make phosphate detergent) Vanity
Posted on 02/13/2011 1:14:16 PM PST by dickmc
Pittsburgh isnt even in the Chesapeake watershed. However, like everywhere else apparently phosphates have disappeared from dishwasher detergents. The result is dishes that arent particularly clean and feel slimy.
After some checking, I found that the disappeared phosphate content in dishwasher detergent was around six percent. On a recent visit to the plumbing supply store to get some parts, I found that they still had one pound boxes of the real TSP (trisodium phosphate Na3PO4); not the fake ersatz 'TSP' stuff that Home Depot is only selling. In fact, the real TSP is still available all over the net.
Not being able to find any phosphate containing dishwasher detergent at any grocery store, I decided to make my own. Heres how:
1. Buy a large 7.5 pound bottle of gel type dishwasher detergent.
2. Dump in a bucket and add one-half of a one pound box of TSP. This will make a 6.25% mix of TSP in the detergent. (Actually the weight percent of Phosphate in TSP (Na3PO4) is 58% making the Phosphate in the mix 6.25 x 0.58 or 3.6% but thats good enough for government work!)
3. Stir with a paint stick. If you want, add a half-cup of water to somewhat reduce the gel viscosity.
4. After about one minute of stirring, the TSP particles will be thoroughly distributed in the gel. (They dont dissolve but thats OK as long as they are evenly mixed.)
5. Put back in the bottle ...with the leftover in the empty bottle. (A funnel helps which I had from garage stuff.)
Tried it out yesterday.
VIOLA! The dishes are now 'squeaky' clean with no slime film. Also, the dishwasher insides now look clean again.
Enjoy the info.
Check Lowes. That is where I got mine.
I was screaming out loud by the end of it..
I need to post all of my thoughts in one post (this is third) but your remark about a clean dishwasher reminded me. My dishwasher was starting to leak underneath. I found the source and was mulling over whether or not to replace it myself, call a repairman or get a new dishwasher.
ANECDOTAL ONLY: It stopped leaking when I started adding the TSP. My appliance-repair-for-dummies-brain tells me maybe the water discharge tubing is rinsing cleaner as well. May or may not be true, but no more leaks.
I believe I will try the STPP, as it DOES sound a bit safer.
I am just speculating that an attempt to please moslem customers/be completely lazy is what's really behind it, though . I noticed that a non alcohol version of a Jovan fragrance with which I was quite familiar smelled different, ie worse, and was way weaker than the standard edition. This makes me wonder if maybe other companies are removing the alcohol from fragrances , and pretending it's an environmental decision when it's really to make it easier for them, by creating all fragrances to accord with moslem halal standards, rather than making separate bottles for different world regions. It wouldn't surprise me if that's the case, as some restaurants (UK and USA) have been quietly switching to halal meats everywhere, instead of just in locations in mostly moslem neighborhoods. Easier and cheaper for them.
They already know about it.....
Chicken manure is loaded with phosphorous...Hummmmmm, maybe I should add chicken crap to my dish soap?????
Red Dawn...prolly work better!! : )
Use with caution, but Muratic Acid (from hardware stores) will do the job. It is extremely dangerous so don't spill it on something you don't intend to. And don't mix it with other chemicals. It will destroy the lime....
I had stopped wearing any cologne for a while,for no particular reason.
I received a gift certificate last fall and bought my old favorite L’Air du Temps,which I had worn for about 15 years.
I spent about $70.00 on this purchase and what a waste of money. Once,to test my sanity,I sprained quite a bit on my wrist. Five minutes later——nothing,no scent all.
That’s it for me.
I've bought from etsy, google shopping, bonanzle, and ebay. A quick search on ebay pulls up 755 results for L'air du temps.(I pulled up over 3000 results with google shopping.) Some state it's the vintage version in the auction title. It looks as if that fragrance's bottle has been changed through the years, so a shopper could tell from the jpegs on each auction roughly what time frame it's from (eg, a 1980s or 1990s, or a new bottle).
Anyhow, that's just a possibility, and if any of you try this route, I hope you have as much success as I've had through the last 12 years of online shopping for second hand fragrances.
Thank you so much for that information-—I’ll give it a shot.
L’Air du Temps was the best ever.
These changes are sad.
If you find a CLR substitute let me know - thanks.
That’s a great idea!
I wonder if I can find an old bottle of Sortilege somewhere.
A very interesting post. They can produce the perfumes more cheaply, while charging us more for them.
I think I’ll try my luck on E-Bay with some vintage fragrances.
I never tried it, but I thought it had the most interesting bottle-LOVE the little doves!
That happened to me years ago. I wrote to the company and they sent me another bottle to replace it. No doubt you’ve thrown yours out. I really loved that fragrance. A friend of mine in Ohio—who introduced me to it—said she isn’t having any problems with it, so I need to investigate a bit further.
I’m joining the chorus of people who used TSP to solve their dishwasher problems. Got it in a NJ Home Depot last week. Now I add a teaspoon to each load and it’s all sparkling.
Hadn’t heard about vintage perfume before this thread. I will definitely check it out. Thank you!
I still have the bottle,but the box with pertinent info is long gone.
C’est la vie.
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