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    darkroom chemistry bottle solutions

    hi

    i am trying to figure out what i can store chemistry in.
    like say d76 or other chemicals like fixer.

    can i use soda bottles or juice bottles to store the chemistry in?
    i believe they are pete bottles.

    any advice would be appreciated

    cheers

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    PETE or glass has the lowest oxygen permeability. With glass being best. It is really most important with developer.
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    Look for a "1" in the recycle triangle symbol or the letters PETE just under it .
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    Brown glass pharmacy bottles can't be beat. I've been using the same ones for almost forty years. Check with your pharmacist he may give you some. That's how I got mine and they have calibrating lines to boot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffreyg View Post
    Brown glass pharmacy bottles can't be beat. I've been using the same ones for almost forty years. Check with your pharmacist he may give you some. That's how I got mine and they have calibrating lines to boot.

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    Several years ago I tried several pharmacy's and they all said everything now comes in plastic.
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    Several threads on APUG address this issue. The take-home message was that there's no need for brown glass unless you store your developer in direct sunlight. Mine's in the dark closet that I call my darkroom. D76 gets stored in one-liter mason jars.One-shot developers like HC110 completely avoid the storage problem because the unmixed syrup lasts a really long time.

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    I have always used plastic soda bottles that you can squeeze to minimise air and empty wine boxes with bags. Just remove the tap with a flat bladed knife, wash it out and re-use. You even get a spring loaded tap and if you reverse the box inside out and label as such, you wont drink it by mistake.

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    The danger of reusing bottles that contained food or drink is that someone might mistake the contents for food or drink.

    PE has strongly argued this point in many threads over the years and I agree with him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    The danger of reusing bottles that contained food or drink is that someone might mistake the contents for food or drink.

    PE has strongly argued this point in many threads over the years and I agree with him.
    You remove the label, relabel with the chemical they contain and don't keep them in your domestic fridge. No problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    You remove the label, relabel with the chemical they contain and don't keep them in your domestic fridge. No problem.

    Without trying to be argumentative or tell someone they are wrong, there is a big advantage to getting the proper bottles.

    Accidents can & do happen. That is why they are called accidents. Any reasonable steps to prevent accidents is prudent. Even though you may not need brown in the bottle to protect the ingredients, it does kind of warn people there is something different, unless it is in the shape and color of a familiar drink, like beer.

    It is just cheap insurance to get bottles that look like chemical bottles. JMHO
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