Research a product known as "Photoflo" (sp?). It is a wetting agent
manufactured by Kodak that is used to eliminate watermarks when
processing photographic film.
I have no idea what its chemical consist is, but it is very effective
in breaking down the surface tension of water. It's so effective that
years back I witnessed a demonstration of it being put into a small
pond, and it caused the ducks in the pond to sink!!! I'm not kidding.
It's likely the world's best rinsing agent, but I cringe to think what
it would do if even in small concentrations was ingested into the human
body. That sort of rules out the practicality of its use in dish
Were I to do research on rinsing agents, my first step would be to
contact Kodak and try to pry out of them the chemical content of
Photoflo. That failing, I'd buy a bottle (if it's still being
marketed) and chemically analyze it.
dances_with firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Just as an afterthought, I reseached Kodak Photoflo Using Google and
quickly got it's content from an MSDS. Here's what this wonderful
wetting agent is in its concentrated form,
30-40 Water (007732-18-5)
37 Ethylene glycol (000107-21-1)
25-30 p-tert-octylphenoxy polyethoxyethyl alcohol (009002-93-1)
Now seriously, could anyone except Kodak's organic chemical division
come up with something like p-tert-octylphenoxy polyethoxyethyl alcohol
and combine it with ethylene glycol to make a product? Kids, remember
to carefully wash your hands before leaving the darkroom. :-)
No, not in my diswasher!
That "nasty" chemical is in some hair care products:
St. Ives Hair Repair Thickening Shampoo Volumizing Treatment For Fine Hair,
Grecian Formula 16, Liquid with Conditioner
in at least one paint
and similar non-ionic surfactants are used in dishwashing detergents.
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