starting a list of house hold chemicals used to homebrew developers..
So here's my list so far
arm and hammer washing soda heated until it stops loosing weight= anhydrous sodium carbonate
rooto crystal drain cleaner from ace hardware (only place)= NaOH sodium hydroxide
Acetaminophen = paracetamol for homebrew rodinal
pic roach killer = boric acid
20 mule = borax
vitamin C power = ascorbic acid
borax + Drain cleaner = sodium metaborate
ph increaser from pool supply = could be sodium thiosulfate, potassium hydroxide (KOH) or sodium sulfite
from these ingredients you can make
get some metol and you can make d76h, mytol (xtol equivalent)
keep the list going
Brands listed above is for USA only... But probably available in other countries in the same sections of use
There's hyrdoquinone skin cream - but you would have to seperate the HQ from the ointment, and it's only 2% or so.
I wonder if you can start with quinine water...
Coffee - cafenol developers
Tea - toning
Oak galls from the back yard - Pyro
Old brown bananas and apples - Catechol
Sulfuric acid from the car battery - dichromate bleach
Hydrochloric acid for cleaning brickwork - shows up here and there in formulae, not often
Potassium Permanganate - drugstore item, use for bleach for reversal processing
Vinegar - stop bath
Pickling Salt - Microdol-X
Propylene glycol - feed store item, store developing agents as solution
S. Bicarb - mix with citric or ascorbic acid for S. Citrate or S. Ascorbate
Citric acid - canning supply aisle, mix with above
Calgon - well, it used to be S. Hexametaphosphate, but it's something else now, Hexametaphosphate is often called Calgon.
P. Iodide - drugstore item, fixer tester, Crawley xx developer
Last edited by Nicholas Lindan; 03-23-2011 at 11:32 AM. Click to view previous post history.
I would be surprised if sodium thiosulfate or sodium sulfite were sold as pH increasers for pools. They are good at neutralizing chlorine and generally you want to control that separately.
Originally Posted by heespharm
All the "pH plus" type products I've seen are some kind of technical-grade sodium carbonate.
Originally Posted by Jordan
Your right thiosulfate is a chlorine reducer but I know sulfite is sold as a ph augmenter
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Sulfite is also a chlorine reducer. It reacts rapidly with chlorine and reduces it to chloride.
Just some thoughts on these lists.
Quinine is not related even remotely to HQ.
Current Calgon is not recommended for use as a water softener in developers.
If you overheat Bicarb, it can give off CO2 gas and become Sodium Hydroxide or Sodium Oxide. Very not good so watch the temp.
Black Swan Zap Drain Pipe Opener - 93% sulfuric acid !
Why? Real chemicals are easy to get..EC
Acetone, for some developers. FYI, hydroquinone is also in hair coloring -- at least, in men's hair color. Don't ask me how I know; those days are long behind me now. Better to just be natural.