Greyfox writes: A couple months ago I moved into a new house, and almost immediately noticed that the dishwasher was not working as well as the one in my last place. I thought I might have to replace it, but it turns out that the problem is a quiet phosphate ban for dishwasher detergent in 17 states. Rather than mix two formulas, the detergent manufacturers just switched over to phosphate-free detergent for everyone. No phosphates for you! The lady in the story mixes her own detergent now, but I'm finding that a quarter cup of vinegar every now and then seems to do the trick. Glad I didn't replace that washer.