Cascade (with sheeting action!) - No, this isn't spam. Its a cheap Photo Flo

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Some Dude, Feb 15, 2004.

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    Some Dude Guest

    In desperation last night I reliased I had run out of my Flo and raced
    to the kitchen. I didn't have any Ivory as I normally use when I'm
    out but all I had was Cascade gel dishwashing detergent.

    Said screw it and squirted about 1 TBSP into a 1 gallon jug, filled it
    up with distilled water, shook it vigorously and proceeded to use it
    on a roll of IR. Voila. Perfectly clean- no spots- no
    nothing...identical to the "results" of Photo Flo.

    So- if you get in a bind- and you use Cascade Gel, you know what to

    Some Dude, Feb 15, 2004
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    jjs Guest

    And it smells better. Actually, you can cut the detergent to 1/4 that,
    maybe half a teaspoon and it will be plenty 'wet'.
    jjs, Feb 15, 2004
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    Tom Thackrey Guest

    Any guess what the long term affect will be on the negative? I would assume
    that the detergent folks aren't too concerned about archival issues.
    Tom Thackrey, Feb 15, 2004
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    Some Dude Guest

    It'll probably shatter. :)

    It does have Phosphorus in it (1.33 grams per tbsp)- although I have
    no idea what that'd do to negs (i'm not a chemicisicist)

    And I quote "Ingredients include phosphate salts and enzymes"

    I mean- it worked as a one-off but I'm not sure if I'm going to use it
    on money-making negatives, etc :)

    And yeah, from a previous poster- it smells a hell of a lot better :)

    Some Dude, Feb 15, 2004
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    Jorge Omar Guest

    I don't know about Cascade - but I understand there is a dishwasher
    product (forgot the US name, it's the final wash thing) that's fairly
    used around the world as a poor man option...

    Jorge Omar, Feb 15, 2004
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    Some Dude Guest

    "Jet Dry"

    its not really a poor man option, though...Maybe a few cents cheaper

    I think the best *common* poor man option is a drop or two of ivory
    liquid into distilled water...

    Some Dude, Feb 15, 2004
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