We have some friends (for me they’re mostly just acquaintances, but never mind) who are members of the Church of Environmentalism. Their particular sect is Water Conservation-ism, something they apparently picked up out in Colorado (I can’t comment one way or another about the water issues there). Anyway, because of their annoyingly eager insistence (or annoyingly insistent eagerness) to convince me that the end of all water is nigh, I was happy to see a link to this article from Instapundit.
It’s a pretty astonishing fact, if you think about it. The government ruined our showers by truncating our personal rights to have a great shower even when we are willing to pay for one. [snip]
I had to laugh when Donald Trump made mention of this during the campaign. He was challenged to name an EPA regulation he didn’t like. And recall that he is in the hospitality business and knows a thing or two about this stuff.
“You have showers where I can’t wash my hair properly,” he said. “It’s a disaster. It’s true. They have restrictors put in. The problem is you stay under the shower for five times as long.”
The pundit class made fun of him, but he was exactly right! This is a huge quality of life issue that affects every American, every day.
For me, I don’t have any problem with our shower heads or the heat of the water, but I do think it’s ridiculous how the government has interfered with cleaning.
But I haven’t even mentioned what might be the biggest factor in why our clothes aren’t clean and our dishes are dirty. The government forced soap manufacturers to remove from soap the thing that makes them work for these purposes: phosphates. Phosphates, used in soap from the middle ages until the 1980s, break down the soap after it has done its work and allow the water to wash it away along with the dirt and oil it scrubbed out of the clothes.
But this is the extra special main reason for this post (follow link):
Now, soaps lack this crucial ingredient. In order to add it back in, you have to go to the paint section of the hardware store and buy it in a box (TSP, the real stuff, not the artificial kind). Add a quarter cup to your wash. You would be amazed at the difference it makes. Things actually get more-or-less clean.
I think it is also noteworthy to include the text from one of the reviews:
1) This chemical compound is extremely hygroscopic, meaning that it absorbs water very well. If left in its cardboard box in a nice moist place, like in your kitchen or laundry room, it will get “mushy” and then will dry out to be as hard as a brick and impossible to use. Store it in an air tight container, preferably with some silica packs.
2) It will NOT dissolve in cold water. If you are using this with your laundry soap, you must either wash in warm water or dissolve this in warm water prior to adding to laundry. Some people pre-dissolve it and put in a pump bottle for use as a laundry booster.
3) TSP is NOT a detergent, per say, it acts as a rinse agent by suspending particles in water. It keeps the solid residue (the dirt/food/water minerals/detergents, etc) in your washers from re-adhering once your detergent has gotten the dirt off. It will not “clean” your dishes like soap does, but over time things will get cleaner as gunk that gets washed off doesn’t re-adhere.
4) Use this product sparingly! One reviewer on here uses ¼ cup per dish cycle and that is insane! It was originally found in dish soap UP TO 6 percent. Start with a half teaspoon per dish cycle and give it some time. It helps your detergent work better, it does not replace it.
Update (20161231): A very well-done post.