New Contraband in WA: Dishwasher Detergent

Does this sound like the USSR to you too?


    But it’s not easy to get sparkling dishes when you go green. Many people were shocked to find that product…left their dishes encrusted with food, smeared with grease and too gross to use without rewashing them by hand…As a result, there has been a quiet rush of Spokane-area shoppers heading east on Interstate 90 into Idaho in search of old-school sud…

    “Yes, I am a smuggler,” she said. “I’m taking my chances because dirty dishes I cannot live with.”

    (In truth, the ban applies to the sale of phosphate detergent — not its use or possession — so Marcotte is not in any legal trouble.)…

    Marcotte said she tried every green brand in her dishwasher and found none would remove grease and pieces of food. Everybody she knows buys dishwasher detergent in Idaho, she said.

    A bill on Capitol Hill would impose a nationwide ban.


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