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    Sodium chloride for hypo clear?

    Sodium sulfite is the main ingredient of most hypo clearing agents. The US Navy photogs found out in WWII that sea water cleared fixer from negs & prints faster than clean water. Would normal table/water softener salt work well for hypo clearing purposes? Any downside to using a mix of it?

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    are you planning to make a quick run to the lake by any chance Dan? On a more serious note will sodium chloride disolve in water? I use sod sulfite in water to act as hca now it would be cheaper to use table salt.

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    Sea water was the original fixer, but it took a long time and a lot of water.

    I've used salt water to clear Type 55 negs upon occasion, and it seems to work as well as sodium sulfite for that.
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