OK, went to Lowes and found both of these on the shelf. So what's the
I understand that the "substitute" has no phosphates, and there are
communities that properly discourage phosphate pollution. My community
isn't one of these (unfortunately), but then why are both on the
shelf? Is environmental protection all there is to this?
I'm not using a lot, and I frankly would just like the chemical that
works best. Which does? The price is the same. I'd be happy to use the
"substitute" if it doesn't work much less efficiently. If the "real
thing" works better, then I'd just get it, and use it carefully.
On Sat, 5 Jan 2008 15:31:45 -0800 (PST), Doug Lassiter
If you can buy real TSP, do that; it really works well. The
substitute (minus the phosphate, and probably called TS therefore)
works well, too, but I still miss Soilax, which I can't find here
anymore. Yes, environmental protection is the main issue as I
Just a little odd as, if they both work, and they both cost the same,
why would Lowes want to put both on the shelves? They could bump up
the price on the substitute a few pennies and call it "new, improved,
and environmentally responsible". Of course, in the interest of
"consumer choice", they put three brands of paper towels up on their
shelves for the same price as well.
In some sense, I have to assume Lowes thinks that the real TSP works
I bought a pound of the substitute, but I don't have any of the
original left to compare it with.
Thanks for posting this. I was shocked to realize last year that
Soilax was no longer available, so reading this is helpful. Great
product, Soilax, nothing else works as well. I'll keep an eye out for
Soilmax, but I don't think it's available here as I would have noticed
it in my recent quest for the original.
In my experience...
* the substitute does not clean as well.
* the substitute is not as harsh on skin
* ditto re. surfaces (i.e. it doesn't degloss)
For how I use TSP, I want TSP not some kinder, gentler alternative.
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