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Where can you buy Glass Magic Dishwasher detergent?

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Glass Magic performance booster dishwasher detergent can be purchased from searspartsdirect.com and partsdirect.com. This product is no longer manufactured and contains phosphates, which are banned for use in dishwasher detergents in at least 16 states.

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Both websites sell one-pound boxes of Glass Magic for use with automatic dishwashers. Glass Magic, also sold as Finish Glass Magic, has not been produced since 2010 when more than trace amounts of phosphates in dishwasher detergent were banned in Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Phosphates were banned because they were nearly impossible to remove from waste water and had begun to build up in streams and rivers, where they contributed to weed and algae growth. The bans did not apply to commercial hand-washing products and detergents because they generally contain no phosphorus.

Though phosphates were not banned in every state, detergent manufacturers determined it would be too expensive to produce detergents with and without phosphates for sale in different parts of the country. This led to the discontinuation or reformulation of a number of dishwasher detergents from leading brands such as Cascade and Finish. Purchasers of Glass Magic should check local regulations before use. The Glass Magic product name is a trade mark of Reckitt Benckiser.

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