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Ask Marilyn: Goodbye Phosphates, Goodbye Suds

Bobbi Gold of Culver City, California, writes:

Marilyn: A reader wrote about his wife using extra detergent to get more suds. (November 25, 2012) Years ago, detergents were very sudsy due to phosphates, which are harmful to the environment. For example, they cause algae to grow in lakes, depleting the water of oxygen, thus killing fish and other aquatic life. For that reason, manufacturers of laundry detergents phased these excessive phosphates out of their products.

Marilyn responds:

Yes, we're making progress. But it would be faster if we were less concerned about the brightness of our laundry!



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