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Mike Thorwart
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Username: Miket

Post Number: 35
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, January 13, 2005 - 10:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I grabbed what I thought was a box of TSP today at the hardware store. Turns out it's a substitute for TSP. The box had TSP in big letters and 'substitute' in smaller letters.

Active ingredient is sodium carbonate.

Can I use it for cleaning kegs or should I hold off until I can get the real thing?

Thanks!
Mike
 

Bill Pierce
Moderator
Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 1818
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Thursday, January 13, 2005 - 10:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Most of what is sold as TSP is actually a substitute. TSP is not very environmentally friendly and contains phosphates that at high levels are toxic to the bacteria in wastewater treatment plants and septic tanks. Untreated, they are fertilizer for algae that clogs ponds, lakes and slow-moving streams.

Go ahead and use it; many detergents contain sodium carbonate, which is common washing soda.

(Message edited by BillPierce on January 14, 2005)
 

Mike Thorwart
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Username: Miket

Post Number: 36
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Friday, January 14, 2005 - 01:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks Bill!

I knew it was soda ash and didn't expect it would hurt stainless. I was more concerned with how effective it would be. At less than $1/lb I guess it really doesn't matter.