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Post# 990059   4/9/2018 at 14:23 by drh4683 (Chicago western suburbs)        

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Back in December 2017, I wrote a post in search for information as to what happened to the powder form of DIP-IT stain remover for cleaning coffee percolators. It appeared the product was discontinued by Reckitt & Benckiser sometime in 2015 or 2016, but I couldn't find solid proof to confirm this. By the time I had started looking for Dip-It powder (Dec. 2017), the only products I found available were through ebay from sellers who still had some leftover stock. Those sellers apparently knew it was a discontinued product which had a certain demand, so it was priced accordingly... $30 for a 5 oz box. And many people were buying it at that price when I'd search completed items. I ended up buying one of those boxes then because I wanted to see if it worked as well as as everyone said it did. Indeed I was not disappointed. It worked excellent compared to other similar products. It cleaned my stainless steel 6-cup Farberware percolator like new without a trace of stain. I couldn't say that with KAF-TAN, or baking soda, or vinegar, etc. Having just this single 5 oz box, I knew I'd have to be very conservative with it's use then eventually be back to nothing.
Now its April, 2018... Last week I decided to search for DIP-IT again on ebay just to see what the status of Dip-It powder was. To my surprise, I stumbled upon what appears to be a "new" product. DIP-IT XP, made by EcoLab of St. Paul, MN. The product appears to have become available as of this past January. It's made in USA and sold in a 1.75 lb. box. It seems to be targeting a commercial market, restaurants and the like. As of now, ebay seems to be the only place to find DIP-IT XP. There are just a few reviews of this product, all from 2018. It's not available on Amazon (yet?). The 1.75 lb. box can be had for about $15 + shipping from various ebay sellers. I bought a box. Works perfectly like the previous Dip-It powder and has essentially the same white granular characteristics. Searching the MSDS, both products are basically the same ingredients. (Reckitt & Benckiser varied the ingredients slightly over the years per various MSDS I could find between 2002-2015)
Interestingly enough, EcoLab was the original creator and manufacturer of Dip-It. From my research, the product came out in the mid 50's, known as "Magic Dip-It". The manufacturer, "Economics Laboratory" was the former name of the company until they changed their name to EcoLab in 1986. They must have sold the Dip-It line to another manufacturer sometime in the 90's, as Reckitt & Benckiser was the manufacturer since about 1999/2000. Before Reckitt & Benckiser, another company called RCN Products owned the rights to the name and made it, but I'm unsure how long that lasted. So apparently it's back to being made by the original company. Thought you all might find this interesting and now you have a supply of Dip-It powder again to keep those percolators sparkling clean!

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Post# 990060 , Reply# 1   4/9/2018 at 14:41 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Thank you for sharing this information!!   I have a _few_ perks that will be happy to hear this.... 

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Post# 990069 , Reply# 2   4/9/2018 at 15:48 by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Paul, did you clean out a coffee pot supplier? Good gosh! :-) What a collection!

Post# 990071 , Reply# 3   4/9/2018 at 16:06 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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Thats great info to have Doug thanks for sharing it. But did you know that you can achieve the same results using powdered dishwasher detergent? I collect perks and have been using DW detergent to clean them for over 15 years now.

Fill the pot with water to the max fill level, add 2 tbs. DW detergent to the basket, or 1 pod and run through a complete perk cycle. Unplug the pot and let it sit for 30 mins., empty and run another cycle with water to thoroughly remove any detergent residue. The pot will sparkle just like you had used Dip-It and its a whole lot cheaper and easier to find than Dip-It. Just donít use it on an aluminum pot, it will turn it black. Use Cream of Tarter the same way instead. And this works for stove top perks too. Just perk the DW detergent solution for 7-8 mins., remove from the heat and let it sit for 30 mins., then perk a pot of plain water to remove the dtergent residue.

Post# 990159 , Reply# 4   4/10/2018 at 06:10 by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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I use the dw detergent method also, but I only use 2 tsp. of Hytron detergent which is loaded with chlorine bleach.  


Late last summer I found a NIB Regal Poly Perk at St. Vinnie's.  After I purchased it I kind of had buyers remorse.  So, it rode around in the car trunk for a few weeks until my cousin's wife mentioned that they were wanting to go back to using a percolator again.  I gifted them the Poly Perk.  Fast forward 6 months (March).  Mary was saying how the coffee just didn't taste the same as when they first got the pot.  I clued her in about the dw detergent cleaning trick, and to say she was wowed is a huge understatement!  She couldn't believe how much crud had accumulated, and that the coffee tasted as good as when they first started using the pot. 

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