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ASTM D5237-14(2024)

Standard Guide for Evaluating Fabric Softeners

Standard Guide for Evaluating Fabric Softeners D5237-14R24 ASTM|D5237-14R24|en-US Standard Guide for Evaluating Fabric Softeners Standard new BOS Vol. 15.04 Committee D12
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Significance and Use

5.1 The methods in this guide can be used for screening of fabric softener products or to evaluate their performance, through a single cycle or multiple accumulative cycles, relative to a designated reference product or a comparative product(s).

5.2 A single assessment of each of the product characteristics tested by these methods will not predict overall performance of the softener product. A single test run under specified fixed conditions cannot be expected to reflect the comparative performance under many other possible conditions of use.


1.1 This guide evaluates the performance characteristics of fabric softener products. It provides guidance for evaluating the on fabric efficacy of treatment chemicals dosed into the wash, rinse, or dryer cycle in a home laundry washer or dryer. This guide can be used for 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 machine type and settings, fabric load composition, as well as by the washing and drying procedures used.

1.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 15.04
Developed by Subcommittee: D12.15
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.1520/D5237-14R24
ICS Code: 71.100.40