For years, household cleaners have had a common ingredient, phosphates. In fact, today most laundry detergents and everyday items use phosphates.  Recent research has shown that the dump of phosphates into the waterways has led to the growth of the ocean’s pollution problem. High levels of phosphorous in the water have changed the ecosystem of the water by causing an outburst in algae growth. Aquatic life in rivers, streams and oceans have a difficult time adapting to the change in the ecosystem and much has died off as a result. When algae die off, the residues will consume oxygen which will unevenly distribute the available oxygen between fish and other aquatic life. If not controlled, marine biologist claim that the pollution can cause a widespread epidemic that could destroy culturally valuable waterways.

Due to the change in aquatic pollution, several of the United States have issue a ban on the use of phosphates in chemical cleaners. The ban, which was issued on the 1st of July, 2010 would restrict the sale of detergents and chemical cleaners with more than 0.5 percent phosphorus. The current list of states that have accepted the ban include Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. To keep existing brands on the shelves many have offered a new low-phosphate formula, but they have been criticized as not being effective in areas with high hard water content.

Phosphates are considered to be the builders in the cleaning products making it the ingredient that enables the product to be virtually all purpose.  Phosphates can alter the pH level of the cleaner which can assist in removing soil and corrosion. Hard water is one issue that many chemical cleaners have been aimed at attacking because of the long term effects it may have like clogging pipes and corroding equipment. Phosphates are able to soften hard water by sequestering chemicals such as calcium and magnesium and dissolve the ions that make water hard. Phosphates also help in prevention from reoccurrence especially on washers systems like washing machines and dishwashers.

Dishwasher Magic is a citric acid based formula that can be used as a phosphate replacement when it comes to resolving hard water impurity issues. Citric acid acts to reduce the pH so that insoluble forms of iron or calcium can become soluble and dissolve in water. Citric acid can also act as a chelator meaning it surrounds the iron and calcium ions that have become soluble and prevents them from reforming by rinsing them away. With these given properties Dishwasher Magic is effective against hard water, iron and limescale that cause dishwasher staining. Citric acid is biodegradable so it is much more environmentally friendly that phosphate cleaners. 

Dishwasher Magic is the best dishwasher cleaner because it is safe, effective and the only EPA registered dishwasher cleaner and disinfectant on the market. To learn more today, go to!