Would people here recommend that I skip or perform the "hypo clearing" step? It seems optional and I do not know what is best for me to do.
I used to use HCA(hypo clearing agent), when I used Kodak Fixers(acid) I switched to an Alkaline fix(Formulary TF-4) and it's no longer required. Ilford wash method will clean film without HCA. I only use HCA for fiber based prints now days.
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