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Dr. Lab Experiment One: Do the Dishwasher

Meet Dr. Lab aka hti. Straight from the HQ Lomography Archive where he has been whipping up some weird and wonderful experiments just for you. Many thanks Dr. Lab for sharing your laboratory experience, secret techniques and analogue passion in the first of his special edition Film Freak Tipsters. Now come on everyone and do the dishwasher!

The examples seen in this effect were done with Kodak Ektachrome E 200 35mm. Dr. Lab recommends x-pro film when attempting any of these film techniques because the popping colours achieved by cross processing are what really accentuate the great effects.

What You’ll Need

• 1 Roll Kodak Ektachrome E 200 35mm
• 1 Dishwasher Cycle (normal)
• 1 Dark Room (try your bathroom)
• 1 Hair-Dryer

Step One:

Put your roll of film into the cutlery basket of your dish-washer, (so as to keep it from flying about) add regular dish-washer detergent and set to a normal cycle.

Once the cycle is finished be sure to rinse the film in clean cold* water afterwards thoroughly

*Cold water is a must! Film has a chemical emulation that needs to be fixed by cooling.

Step Two:

With your rinsed film at the ready you need to find a nice dark room like a washroom with the door closed. Make sure that there are no light leaks because now you need to pull the film out of the roll to blow-dry it. It will take about 10 minutes of blow-drying until the film goes from slimy and wet to perfectly dry and normal feeling again, which is what you need it to be like before loading in your camera.

Step Three

Load and shoot! Then cross process as normal and try to contain your excitement while you wait for the results.

As you can see the effects in the case of doing the dishwasher are extreme. A look any film freak will be sure to dig! Please do share your results with us if you try this at home!

Submit now!

written by hti

67 comments

  1. chaoticsense

    chaoticsense

    This is AWESOME! Great tip!

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  2. shoujoai

    shoujoai

    Yeah!

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  3. tallgrrlrocks

    tallgrrlrocks

    wow! I want to try it! I just need to make our bathroom dark. hmm......

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  4. copefan

    copefan

    gonna give it a go!

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  5. fafascinado

    fafascinado

    amazing results!! I'm going to try it soon!

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  6. panelomo

    panelomo

    that's a good one! i've got the roll of film. now, i just need to buy a dishwasher.

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  7. stouf

    stouf

    Sweet ! And like panelomo I need a dishwasher ! : )

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  8. nural

    nural

    putting a roll in the dishwasher right now!!

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  9. squamy

    squamy

    Awesome!!! I also need a dishwasher...

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  10. kdstevens

    kdstevens

    A variation to try: someone in this group boils his film after exposure and takes it to the film lab still wet and has it cross processed. No dishwasher needed.

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  11. panpriatel

    panpriatel

    So how about that manipulation after exposure? Before? Does it make a difference?

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  12. jaminsemirang

    jaminsemirang

    I wished my Mom had a dishwasher. I've never realized that it is cool stuff before i read this post/

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  13. piedra_preciosa

    piedra_preciosa

    Great, I have a dishwasher but how can I put the film to my camera without a roll?
    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  14. yarah

    yarah

    Well I assume you put it back in the roll, but how do you do that? Or when you take it out, you leave the end in the roll?

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  15. piedra_preciosa

    piedra_preciosa

    Wow thanks ;) sorry for asking;)
    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  16. lupo

    lupo

    A wash-machine can be an option :P I tell you later !!!

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  17. weaver

    weaver

    use a popsicle stick to wind the film back in the roll, there's a little grove on the bottom of the film that the stick will catch onto and its easy to turn!

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  18. piedra_preciosa

    piedra_preciosa

    Thanks :)
    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  19. beni

    beni

    WAAAAW

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  20. sea_monstersss

    sea_monstersss

    This absolutely blew my mind. It's so simple, I don't know how I never thought of it myself. This really is fantastic.

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  21. repeatrepeat

    repeatrepeat

    The pictures look fantastic! I wanna try this myself and I'm curious what kind of dishwasher detergent you used? Did you only use "Clever Regeneriersalz" or anything else too, e.g. "Calgonit Tabs"?
    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  22. basho

    basho

    crazy!

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  23. mephisto19

    mephisto19

    guess what i am doing right now?!?

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  24. kamiraze

    kamiraze

    LOL @mephisto19
    That's my line! There in it as we speak :D
    I've used Afga Vista plus 200 and 400. Ill try to get one cross processed and one regular

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  25. kamiraze

    kamiraze

    Well, both rolls failed on me... Both got destroyed inside my LC-A+. It looked liked it was going to work, but the tension inside builds up and the left cog wheel just breaks the piece between the sprocket holes. I've opened it and it was still damp.
    I suppose I was to quick with the drying process... Last ting I can try is to give film time to dry during the winding process.

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  26. whiteranger

    whiteranger

    I just got my film developed, (lomo X-Pro 200) was disappointed, didn't get any cool effects. I used my hair dryer on cool temp, Should I have used it on high heat?

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  27. whiteranger

    whiteranger

    I just got my film developed, (lomo X-Pro 200) was disappointed, didn't get any cool effects. I used my hair dryer on cool temp, Should I have used it on high heat?

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  28. whiteranger

    whiteranger

    Ohh, I also used Cascade dishwasher packs with the powder and liquid. Should I use the liquid Dishwasher detergent?

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  29. bass_clarinet_2000

    bass_clarinet_2000

    I want to try that but how do you get it back in the cassette? Does anyone recommend anything that would make winding it easier?

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  30. bass_clarinet_2000

    bass_clarinet_2000

    HA! I actually read the comments and I saw some recommendations. What a waste of comment space on my part!

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  31. adrienne-is

    adrienne-is

    Film - check. Dishwasher - check. Blow dryer - check. Darkroom - will create one. Going on a road trip this weekend and I'm taking this tip with me. Wish me luck.

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  32. stickyvinny

    stickyvinny

    Awesome!

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  33. brunonf

    brunonf

    Here are my photos of the dishwasher film :)
    http://www.lomograph(…)-dishwasher

    They aren´t as colourfull as i liked so i already washed 2 more films :)

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  34. roundthings

    roundthings

    I just washed and dried my film tonight and I can't wait to check out the effects! Great tip!
    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  35. fght_ff_yr_dmns

    fght_ff_yr_dmns

    this is amazing!!! well done! really want to try it but :c i don't have a dishwasher... do you think i could just try hand washing it in warm water instead? or what about putting it in the washing machine instead of the dishwasher?
    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  36. macronation

    anything poisonous in the film? i don't want to put any bad chemicals in the dishwasher
    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  37. clickiemcpete

    clickiemcpete

    Hmmm. Since you can't get all the moisture out of the film cassette I think another and perhaps better method might be to pull the film out in your dark room. Keep the canister out of the bath but then soak just the film in the hot water with dishwashing chemicals. Then, once it is rinsed and blow dried, roll it back into the dry canister. The soapy hot water solution and the heat from the blow dryer are probably all you need to make the changes to the emulsion.

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  38. 33mmsemiautomatic

    33mmsemiautomatic

    yeah, I think I'll try this too.. I have all but the dark room.. all good, I'll find/make one :)
    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  39. novakmisi

    novakmisi

    here are my photos of the dishwasher film
    http://www.lomograph(…)ishwashed-1

    almost 4 years ago · report as spam
  40. sea_monstersss

    sea_monstersss

    The part where I pull the film out of the canister and blow dry it freaks me out a bit. Does anyone know if I will adequately dry it out if I simply let it sit in rice for a certain amount of time? How dark does a dark room need to be? Am I not supposed to see what I'm doing? I still have yet to try this and I am so excited.

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  41. sea_monstersss

    sea_monstersss

    The part where I pull the film out of the canister and blow dry it freaks me out a bit. Does anyone know if I will adequately dry it out if I simply let it sit in rice for a certain amount of time? How dark does a dark room need to be? Am I not supposed to see what I'm doing? I still have yet to try this and I am so excited.

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  42. shakiat

    shakiat

    I don't have a dishwasher... any other way?
    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  43. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    Love these photos. I totally want to try this. But first, can you tell me how to put/roll the film back into it's cartridge after you pull it out to dry it??

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  44. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    Also, does it have to be Kodak Ektachrome film? Will other films work good? Will 400 speed work well or should I stick to 200?

    Thanks

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  45. threalcookiemonster

    would any of the chemicals in the film leak out into the dishwasher? is it okay to do it with dishes in?
    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  46. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

    So so so great, I really want to try this out when I get the chance!!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  47. eraklon

    http://www.lomographyitalia.it/homes/eraklon/photos
    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  48. susielomovitz

    susielomovitz

    do I have to dishwash before shooting? can I shot and then dishwash it?

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  49. dreifachzucker

    dreifachzucker

    oooooooooh... what if I forgot to rinse the film in cold water?
    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  50. dreifachzucker

    dreifachzucker

    I blew it dry right after dishwashering the film, so it's probably not a problem?
    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  51. mimifleuri

    mimifleuri

    WOW, these colors are great! I'm gonna get myself a dishwasher right away :D
    I soaked my film in vinegar and baking soda. That has some great effect too.
    Thanks for the tipster!!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  52. usha_berg

    usha_berg

    WOW!!! This is a great idea!!!

    almost 3 years ago · report as spam
  53. itisanormalname

    itisanormalname

    washed it for 1.5 hours. left it in a dark room for a night to dry. kodak portra 160vc
    http://www.lomograph(…)ashed-dubai

    almost 3 years ago · report as spam
  54. skrutt

    skrutt

    Oh, how fun! Need to try this! Soon! :D

    almost 3 years ago · report as spam
  55. paulawit

    paulawit

    Hey please! I would like to know how much time you let the film washing?
    almost 3 years ago · report as spam
  56. mikeydavies

    mikeydavies

    has anyone tried this with neg film and not cross processed?

    over 2 years ago · report as spam
  57. superkulisap

    superkulisap

    @mikeydavies my friend tried it with a color negative film. check this out: http://www.lomograph(…)-color-porn

    over 2 years ago · report as spam
  58. mikeydavies

    mikeydavies

    @superkulisap thanks dude! i may try this after the roll has been taken, does that work? anyone tried?:)

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  59. superkulisap

    superkulisap

    @mikeydavies you're welcome. It will work even after the roll has been taken. Check out my happy accident, no detergent though, just water: http://www.lomograph(…)59-wet-roll

    over 2 years ago · report as spam
  60. vrtl55

    my dishwasher has stripped my film clean! :C what did I do wrong?!
    over 2 years ago · report as spam
  61. du3ky

    du3ky

    Could you do this with exposed film?

    over 2 years ago · report as spam
  62. kaardevries

    kaardevries

    This is so cool! I'm def going to try it! :)

    almost 2 years ago · report as spam
  63. dopa

    dopa

    nice results, now my noob question: how do I reclose the film can? the cap bends, when I open it...

    about 1 year ago · report as spam
  64. redfactor

    this looks so much fun :-)

    5 months ago · report as spam
  65. aguillem

    aguillem

    @dopa Just pull it out, no need to break the canister.
    It becomes a bit more difficult if you do it after shooting. The best is to rewind carefully so the end of the film is still out of the canister. Otherwise you can pull it out in different ways, you'll find tutorials on the web.

    about 1 month ago · report as spam
  66. dopa

    dopa

    wow, thanks for your quick response @aguillem

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  67. aguillem

    aguillem

    @dopa You're zelcome, and thanks to @bongofury for the tipsetr:
    http://www.lomograph(…)film-puller

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