ASTM E2406 - 09

    Standard Test Method for Evaluation of Laundry Sanitizers and Disinfectants for Use in High Efficiency Washing Operations

    Active Standard ASTM E2406 | Developed by Subcommittee: E35.15

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.05


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    Significance and Use

    The procedure in this test method is used to evaluate the effectiveness of a test reagent (antimicrobial agent/active ingredient) or formulation to reduce or completely kill bacterial populations on contaminated fabrics and in wash water following a single wash under simulated low wash volume conditions. (See Table 1.)

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method is designed to evaluate sanitizing/disinfectant laundry detergents/additives for use in high efficiency (HE) automatic clothes washing operations that typically utilize very low wash water volumes. This test method is designed to provide testing with representative vegetative bacteria but can also be designed to accommodate the testing of fungi and viruses.

    Note 1—Test Method E2274 is the recommended method to evaluate sanitizing/disinfectant laundry detergent/additives for use in traditional high wash water volume automatic clothes washing operations.

    1.2 Knowledge of microbiological techniques is required for these procedures.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    Note 2—In this method, metric units are used for all applications, except for distance in which case inches are used.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, 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.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method

    E1054 Test Methods for Evaluation of Inactivators of Antimicrobial Agents

    E2274 Test Method for Evaluation of Laundry Sanitizers and Disinfectants

    AATCC Standard

    AATCC70-1997 Water Repellency; Tumble Jar Dynamic Absorption Test Available from American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), P.O. Box 12215, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, http://www.aatcc.org.

    EPA Standard

    DIS/TSS13 Laundry Additives--Disinfection and Sanitization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticide Programs, April 1980 Available from United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ariel Rios Bldg., 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20460, http://www.epa.gov.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.100.35 (Chemicals for industrial and domestic desinfection purposes)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 52141600(Domestic laundry appliances and supplies)


    DOI: 10.1520/E2406-09

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