Standard Laundering Conditions



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AATCC Research Committee RA88, Home Laundering Technology, developed AATCC Monograph 6, Standardization of Home Laundry Test Conditions in 1984 to establish a consistent set of test conditions for all test methods involving home laundering. As home laundering technology changes, new tables in this monograph reflect the changes. The most recent revision of the monograph is dated 2016.

Traditional Top Loading Models (updated January 18, 2017)

  • SDL Atlas Vortex M6
  • Whirlpool 3LWTW4840

AATCC does not verify the parameters of washing machines or dryers. The list above includes machines reported by the manufacturer to meet the most recent parameters listed in AATCC Monograph 6, Standardization of Home Laundry Test Conditions.

(updated January 18, 2017)

  • Roaches Opti-Dry
  • SDL Atlas M223/1/2 Precision Tumble Dryer
  • SDL Atlas Vortex M6D
  • Whirlpool 3LWED4900

AATCC does not verify the parameters of washing machines or dryers. The list above includes machines reported by the manufacturer to meet the most recent parameters listed in AATCC Monograph 6, Standardization of Home Laundry Test Conditions.

Standard detergent is an important part of correctly and consistently performing textile testing.

Representative Formula
AATCC standard reference detergents are formulated to have the performance of an “average” consumer detergent.  This means the results you see in the lab are likely to match the results an end-product consumer sees at home. No false passes from using a high-end detergent in the lab. AATCC and comparable mid-level consumer detergents are compared for performance in dimensional change,  color change,  color staining, stain release, and general appearance tests.

Consistent Production
The recipes for AATCC detergents are the same lot-to-lot. Using standard detergent throughout your supply chain means one less variable to consider when comparing test data. You can count on closely-monitored consistency—every season, in every location. No need to worry about the impact of new formulas, scents, or additives on your results.

Optical Brightener Options
For colorfastness testing, the optical brighteners present in most detergents can interfere with specimen evaluation. AATCC standard reference detergents without optical brightener (WOB) let you assess color change due to the test procedure, without the added influence of brighteners. This makes it easier to determine whether a particular dye or process is suitable for your product. AATCC detergents are also available with brighteners for general appearance evaluations or other tests where it may be important to replicate the end-product consumer’s laundering experience.

HE vs. Regular Detergent (published by American Cleaning institute)

AATCC Detergent brochure