Washington state begins ban on dishwashing detergents

The dishwashing detergent aisle won't look the same after July 1.

Detergent products, including major brands such as Electrasol and Cascade, will be removed from the shelves in some counties as the state begins implementing a ban making it illegal to sell or distribute dishwashing detergents containing more than 0.5 percent phosphorus.

The ban is directed toward residential use and does not affect commercial or industrial use, state Department of Ecology spokeswoman Katie Skipper said. The ban will take effect statewide in 2010, but Whatcom and Spokane counties have been singled out to begin the ban this year.

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