This was forwarded to me by Bill - it is too good not to share with you. Some good tips toward the end too!
Bossy Busybodies Move to Mandate … Well, Everything
Okay, this isn’t end-of-the-world stuff. It’s about control freaks on steroids and how you can thwart their micromanagement of your life.
First they came for our refrigerators. Government bureaucrats demanded greater energy efficiency. They also forbid manufacturers from using certain chemicals. That drove up prices while reducing capacity. But it was okay, they said, because you were using less energy.
Then they came for our toilets. Federal mandates now require that toilets use 1.6 gallons of water or less per flush. Less than half the previous standard of 3.5 gallons. The end result? People now have to flush multiple times to clear the bowl. No water savings at all.
Then the Washington busybodies went after our showerheads. People skirt the new, mandated low-flow options left and right because the alternative is a less-than-satisfying shower experience.
Who Cares If They’re Clean As Long As We Save Water?
If you’ve had experience with different kinds of dishwashers, you know that some clean better than others. Newer isn’t necessarily better. Stainless steel finishes, electronic controls, and ultra-quiet modes don’t have much to do with getting plates and silverware to come out spotless.
What matters is whether the dishwasher sprays enough water in the right places at high enough pressure to dislodge all the food particles from a fully loaded rack. The best dishwashing detergents won’t compensate for a poorly designed or underpowered appliance. (Though later in this story you’ll learn how you can supercharge your dishwasher powder/gel.)
Thanks to new proposed regulations from the Department of Energy bureaucrats, dishwasher manufacturers could soon be forced to make dishwashers that can’t wash dishes as well as the models you used decades ago.
Dishwashers that don’t wash; toilets that don’t flush; showerheads that don’t give your hair a good rinse... all in the name of “efficiency.”
If you have a dishwasher you know is going to need to be replaced in the near future, you might want to replace it now. At some point, when only 3.1-gallon dishwashers are available, you might have to go back to hand washing your dishes in order to get them clean.
For now, you can still obtain dishwashers that produce clean dishes. Opt for a heavy-duty model from a reliable brand. As with any appliance, the cheapest dishwashers will tend to be the least reliable and produce the worst results. But the priciest dishwashers with the fanciest looks and features aren’t necessarily the best. High-end models that are less popular may have more things that can go wrong down the road. Sometimes a mid-level model from a top brand is your best bet. Check Consumer Reports for their latest ratings.
The Renegade Way to Get Your Dishes Really Clean And You Don’t Have to Risk Prison to Do It
Over time, a dishwasher’s effectiveness will decline. Cracks and crevices inside your dishwasher can be breeding grounds for gunk. Mineral deposits from tap water, residue from detergent, and un-dissolved food debris can all hinder your dishwasher’s performance over time. All that buildup can restrict water flow. Worse, some of it can get re-deposited on your dishes during wash/rinse cycles.
Running an empty wash cycle with two cups of vinegar can helpclean your dishwasher. But if you want to get it really clean and back to peak performance, you’ll first need to physically scrub it out. You’ll be removing the buildup that today’s phosphate-free detergents leave behind.
If you want to prevent that build up in the first place, try adding a tablespoon of tri-sodium phosphate to your regular wash cycles. (Most dish detergents stopped including this ingredient due to trumped environmental pressures.) You can pick up a box of TSP at most hardware stores.
You should notice a difference – cleaner dishes and no more film left behind on glasses or the walls of your dishwasher. Your dishwasher itself will remain cleaner when you use TSP, because the phosphate breaks up residues left by detergents and prevents them from clinging to surfaces.