Detergent test protocol

Laundry detergents are sometimes compared in advertising or by consumer organisations on performance and how well they get things clean and this may indeed be useful for consumers to know. But to be truly useful for consumers, it is important that the tests used to make these claims are of high quality and offer a realistic and reliable comparison of product characteristics.

A.I.S.E. developed the first detergent test protocol in 2009 and updated it in 2013, making it available to manufacturers and other interested parties such as consumer organisations and testing institutes. 
The protocol provides a minimum requirement methodology for assessing the performance of detergents across Europe, whatever the country is and has been developed based on experts' knowledge of major companies manufacturing such products, after a thorough review of existing test protocols used in western Europe and of existing internal company data.


The protocol comprises (as minimum requirements - bearing in mind that organisations may feel free to exceed them):

A.I.S.E. reviews this protocol regularly and is open to any feedback, reaction or suggestion.

Status of the review of the protocol – July 2015 

Stain Set - the A.I.S.E. Working Group is currently working on the development of a body soil stain.

Dye Transfer Inhibition Protocol - the group has started in late 2013 to work on the addition of two new dies. Validation is ongoing.

Whiteness Maintenance Protocol - the group has started in 2015 a programme to further develop the whiteness test method in a more consumer relevant way. The screening tests with test institutes are expected to start still this year and the whiteness tests are to be prolonged until end of 2016.

History of protocol update

 Version  Date  Comments
 V.1.  February  2009  Original stain set
 V.2.  July 2012  Changes to the stain set:
 Interim situation for the red wine stain, as offered by Equest (one  of the stain providers)
 V.3.  June 2013  Changes to the stain set:
 New stains for red wine and frying fat (hamburger grease)
 V.4.  July 2013  Changes to the stain set:
 Replacement of stain WFK 10M for unused motor oil by WFK  10RM
V.5. November 2013  Changes to the stain set:
 New stains for coffee and tea