PREVIEW OF COMPARATIVE TESTING OF HOUSEHOLD DETERGENT POWDERS

Consumer VOICE is testing  about 10 brands of detergent powder  as per the detergency standards defined in the Indian IS:4955. Tests are being conducted at NABL accredited lab to find the best detergent for washing machine.

Brands Tested:  Surf, Rin, Henko, Ariel, Tide, Mr. White, Nirma, Active wheel, Fena and Ghari

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PREVIEW OF COMPARATIVE TESTING OF HOUSEHOLD DETERGENT POWDERS

What is Household Detergent Powder or Washing Powder?

The household detergent powders or washing powders are most commonly used washing materials in India as well as across the world. The laundry soap which was used few decades back, for washing of fabrics, has limitations to perform in highly alkaline or acidic water.

What are the grades of Detergent Powders?

Indian standard has defined 3 grades (1, 2 and 3) as per specified requirements of IS:4955.

How to know which brand is best for cleaning of clothes?

Indian standard IS: 4955 has prescribed percentage detergency as a performance test that establishes how well detergents can remove the dirt from the standard soiled fabrics.

What are the categories of detergent powders?

The detergent market in India consists of two major categories: hand-wash and the machine-wash categories. Within these categories, these are further categorized in the variants/types based on the  prices & usage namely PREMIUM, SUB-PREMIUM; REGULAR & ECONOMY MEANT FOR AUTOMATIC WASH MACHINES; SEMI-AUTO WASH MACHINES; BUCKET/TUB WASH AND HAND WASH RESPECTIVELY. In the machine-wash segment, powder detergents and liquid detergents are the main types.

What are the important requirements of Indian standard for detergent powder?

In general detergent powder shall be free from any unpleasant odour and shall posses good lathering and cleaning properties. Detergent shall confirm to the requirements of relevant Indian IS:4955. The synthetic detergent powder shall be lowest on phosphates, filler materials and also be non injurious to skin and fabrics.

What are the brands available in the market?

Popular brands are Surf, Rin, Henko, Ariel, Tide, Mr. White, Nirma, Active wheel, Fena, Ghari etc. The price range varies from Rs.50 to Rs.200 per kg.

Whether the environment requirements are followed?

Environment friendliness of detergents is an ECOMARK aspect on which there are no clear answers as of now. However Indian standard IS 4955 is under revision where requirement of phosphate and STPP has been changed with reduced values.

What is the test methodology used for testing?

Comparative testing of household detergent powders has been carried out in a NABL accredited laboratory and test parameters are adopted from Indian standard IS 4955.

What are the key findings?

Detailed test findings on various parameters including percentage detergency and ash built up will be available in soon. Please drop us your email id  here if you wish to know the results as soon as they are published.

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