Detergent Like Snow On Your Negatives

2014-08-10 8

It was my first attempt at cooking something in my “kitchen.” I just used detergent to see what would happen when it’s used on processed negatives.

The recipe is easy and the results, amazing! The more important thing is that I just used detergent and window/glass cleaner fluid. During my subsequent cooking experiments, I used more and more corrosives like bleach, lemon, vinegar, and alcohol. You can see the picture changing until it becomes nothing like the original image.


  • Glass cleaner fluid
  • Detergent
  • Negatives
  • Tray
  • Rubber gloves


1) Spray glass cleaner on the tray.

2) Spread detergent on the tray.

3) Put the negatives on the tray, then spray glass cleaner on them again to fix the detergent powder. Doing so also makes strange shapes appear on the negatives.

4) Spread a little amount of detergent on the negatives. If you want, you can spray on them again. It will burn the negatives a little more.

5) Leave it all night long, or a few hours. You must watch the negatives to avoid horrible damages!

6) Voilà! Here are my results: snow, stars! Don’t do it to your favorite pictures!

written by neonlights on 2014-08-10 #gear #tutorials #spain #lab-rat #detergent #tipster #film-experiment #requested-post #film-destroying


  1. stacy_mcpommes
    stacy_mcpommes ·

    love the results!

  2. chilledvondub
    chilledvondub ·

    I much prefer this method to the standard film soup and shoot you can effectively scan your negs keep them safe then destroy and re-scan later :)

  3. neonlights
    neonlights ·

    yeah, I always get in trouble with the soup stuff!you never know what will happen!

  4. mimifleuri
    mimifleuri ·

    Great result! Thanks for sharing. Vinegar with bakingsoda is my favorite, it gives lovely oily colors all over.

  5. pan_dre
    pan_dre ·

    loving this tipster!

  6. neonlights
    neonlights ·

    thanks!! the soup its very difficult stuff!

  7. neonlights
    neonlights ·

    thanks all! but even with the same recipe, the results of my latest experiments are different! keep that in mind!

  8. t35mx2
    t35mx2 ·

    Hello, i have a question, i really love the idea of souping the film, mostly if i read some tutorials they do the souping before they develop the film, but i see you do it afterwards ? is that possible only with this material you are using, or can you put it in liquids and other stuff like 'normal' souping ?

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