What are phosphates and why is phosphate free dishwasher detergent better for the environment?
Dishwasher detergents are often advertised as “phosphate free” or the packaging will declare that they are free from phosphates. Most of us realise that must be a good thing, but did you ever wonder what phosphates actually are? Read on to find out.
What are phosphates?
Phosphates are a naturally occurring form of the element phosphorus, which is present in our environment and occurs all around us. However, the inorganic chemical phosphate is not identical to the element phosphorous. More specifically, phosphate is a salt of phosphoric acid. Inorganic phosphate rocks are mined to extract phosphorus as a crop fertiliser in agriculture. It encourages plant growth, cell division and photosynthesis. Phosphates are formed when phosphorous combines with other elements and function differently. Various phosphates have been used in consumer products, such as as toothpaste, paint, laundry and dishwasher detergents.
Why were phosphates in dishwasher detergent?
Are phosphates toxic or harmful?
Why were phosphates banned?
How does phosphate free dishwasher detergent work?
Somat dishwasher detergents are all phosphate free. All products were formulated to provide the same cleaning qualities without phosphate as an ingredient.