it leaves soap scum ..
nope i would agree with you 100% ..
but you used photoflo ( which i agreed with you 100% ) and
borax ( which can be used successfully ) ..
my point is that there are things that can be used with no ill affect
if they are not photo grade or pharma grade or just sold off the shelf
but i do agree with you .. there are a lot of foolish people who do foolish things.
i was going by what is quoted here:
that in some instances it can be a useful substitute.
i don't have any borax, or kodalk, only metabrate ..
so i really can't say if it works or is absolutely foolhardy.
i haven't made divided d-23 yet ( which is what i got the metaborate for in the first place )
so i can't even make a comparison between the original recipe and the one Anchell & Troop's Film Developing Cookbook
suggest can be done instead with borax ...
but i agree with a lot of what you ( and steve ) have said
that people do foolish things to save a few cents, and often times in the end it is a waste of time and money and energy.