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Make your own eco-friendly dishwashing detergent

SPOKANE, Wash.- Beginning on Tuesday, July 1, 2008, the sale of dishwashing detergents containing phosphorus will be prohibited throughout Spokane County.  The ban is the result of action taken by the Washington State Legislature earlier this year to protect the state's rivers, lakes, and aquifers. 

For decades, phosphorus has been an increasingly serious problem in the region's waterways.  When phosphorus levels increase it acts as a fertilizer and promotes the growth of aquatic plants.  When these plants die, their decay uses up oxygen, choking our lakes, streams, and the Spokane River, suffocating our fish and other aquatic life.

The ban was a collaborative effort on the part of various jurisdictions and agencies throughout Spokane County. 

On Tuesday, June 24th, the Spokane County Board of Commissioners met with the Department of Ecology and other elected officials from Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, and the Governor's Office for a news conference. 

If you would like to make your own, environmentally-friendly dishwashing detergent, you just need to add 1 1/2 cups borax, 1 1/2 cups baking soda, and one cup of table salt. Shake it up in a large container and it's ready to go.

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