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Standard Guide for Evaluating Fabric Softeners (Withdrawn 2001)

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Standard Guide for Evaluating Fabric Softeners


1.1 This guide evaluates the performance characteristics of fabric softener products. It provides guidance for treating fabric in the wash, rinse, or dryer cycle in a home laundry and for evaluating the efficacy of the treatment chemicals. This guide can be used for simple screening of fabric softener products, or to evaluate the products through multiple accumulative cycles.

1.2 The relative ranking of products assessed by these procedures may be affected by such factors as fabric load composition and the kind and level of soils, as well as by the washing and drying procedures used.

1.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are provided for information only.

1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


Color; Fabric softeners; Gardner reflectometer; Hunterlab color difference meter; Instrumental measurement-detergents; Performance-detergent materials/applications; Reflectance and reflectivity-detergent materials/applications; Rewet (water absorbency); Textile fabr (general); Textile fibers; Visual examination; Water absorption; Whiteness retention; evaluating performance characterist of fabric softeners, guide; ICS Number Code 71.100.40 (Surface active agents)

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15.04 (Soaps and Other Detergents; Polishes; Leather; Resilient Floor Coverings)

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71.100.40 (Surface active agents)

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1992(E1) EDITION



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Publication Date

May 15, 1992

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5 pages

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