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Hytron Detergent.
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Post# 1156870   8/13/2022 at 20:51 (556 days old) by Cam2s (Nebraska)        

Thought I’d give this Hytron a try. I drink a lot of iced tea so always on the look for something that can help with tea stains. Have a load going through the Ultra Wash now with so will report on performance. Has anyone else have experience with Hytron?

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Post# 1156871 , Reply# 1   8/13/2022 at 21:04 (556 days old) by Steved (Guilderland, New York)        
I tried it

A long time ago and liked it, but can’t find anyplace that sells it. Where did you buy it?

Post# 1156887 , Reply# 2   8/14/2022 at 01:56 (556 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Walmart and Unoclean sell Hytron dw detergent. You can also find someone usually selling it on fleaPay as well. Also it's commonly found at commercial/industrial supply houses that stock various cleaning products.

Stearns Hytron dw detergent goes back years, and is an industry favorite. Unless formula has changed it still contains phosphates.

Rise of enzyme based domestic dishwasher detergents pretty much as killed off market for chlorinated products. IIRC Cascade and Finish used to offer their versions, but not sure if that still holds true.

Domestic dishwasher have had long cycle times for years, and they've only gotten longer recently. OTOH commercial dishwashers are more sanitizers and about going last mile after things have been well scrapped, and pre rinsed/soaked or washed; thus have short cycles.

Many local public health codes will require use of chlorine dw detergent or sanitizer if things are not washed at certain high temperature.

Post# 1156896 , Reply# 3   8/14/2022 at 05:32 (556 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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Our family has used Hytron for years. It is readily available to us at Fleet Farm. I love the chlorine scent that fills the house when a load is washing. It reminds me of Electrasol from years gone by. 


According to the ingredients list on the technical data sheet, it still contains STPP.

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Post# 1156908 , Reply# 4   8/14/2022 at 11:35 (555 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

If you Google WalMart and Hytron you can find the little one OZ, packets. They are on clearance for the 84 OZ box.

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Post# 1156921 , Reply# 5   8/14/2022 at 14:14 (555 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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Looks like Hytron is a viable replacement for Cascade Fryer Boilout that has recently been discontinued.

Anybody have back-to-back test results between Boilout and Hytron? Yes, I know water conditions greatly vary the end results, but just curious nonetheless.

Post# 1156929 , Reply# 6   8/14/2022 at 15:27 (555 days old) by angus (Fairfield, CT.)        

Interesting that it contains STTP but the ingredients state it contains less than .5% to remain in line with state restrictions on phosphate content. Is .5% enough? I'm no chemist or engineer so I don't know the answer... figured someone here could opine.

Post# 1156955 , Reply# 7   8/14/2022 at 20:48 (555 days old) by Cam2s (Nebraska)        

I did get this from UnoClean, just FYI. Not that it's a huge deal breaker but I was a bit disappointed by the smell. It didn't really have that nice "bleachy" smell, especially compared to Boil Out. As far as the stains go, it did break some of them up but there was a lot left behind as well. Maybe it just needs more time to work. It is worth noting that we have quite hard water here where I live. The rest of the load was clean, but it really wasn't a challenging load either. I have a load ready in the Potscrubber that has a casserole dish that I made enchiladas in. It's not really that bad either, but it will be a little bit more of a workout than the last load. I'll report back as I use it more.

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Post# 1157023 , Reply# 8   8/15/2022 at 13:28 (554 days old) by henene4 (Heidenheim a.d. Brenz (Germany))        
Chlorinated vs oxiginated

Chlorine bleach is generally more aggressive but requires higher temps for the same results - but DW temps are generally good enough for either to work quite well.

At DW temps chlorine bleach should be a little more aggressive at same concentrations.

But bleaching in general is very time sensitive. Raising the temp a notch or increasing the dosage will never be as good as adding 50% more time or so.

Found with discoloured plastics in DWs that after a detergent switch it took 5-10 cycles to actually see a difference.

Post# 1157120 , Reply# 9   8/16/2022 at 20:23 (553 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Old school dishwashers on market from 1950's through good part of 1960's wanted incoming hot water at minimum of 140F but could take temps of 160F. Well within optimal range for standard chlorine bleach dishwasher detergents of day.

They also had on average many more changes of water (my GE Mobile Maid "Normal" is "W-R-W-R-R" which kept water hot. It has a heater but that only helps prevent water from cooling off too much and helps with drying.

Many housewives then soon learned to scrape dishes well and perhaps pre-rinse. Latter was especially true if dishes were coated with protein substances like milk, egg, etc.. Hot water sets those things making it hard to shift, even with most forceful spray and chlorine bleach (latter attacks protein).

Post# 1157121 , Reply# 10   8/16/2022 at 20:29 (553 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Strong chlorine bleach smell....

Modern products of all sorts that contain chlorine bleach have toned down that pong. If for no other reason than it was one of chief objections by those who used DW detergents of old.

IIRC one of early DW detergents to switch to enzymes did a commercial with women pulling faces and or holding their noses when they went to unload dishwasher in morning after using chlorine bleach containing detergent. Enzyme based automatic dw detergents of course don't contain chlorine bleach and thus have a much more pleasant smell.

There also has been a steady hate on chlorine bleach in some quarters especially about harm to environment/breathing in "fumes".

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