Utensil Bars Which of these 10 scrubs and shines them best?
Something called surface-active agent acts on the surface of the material/article by reducing surface tension and converts the soil, grease and oily matters into a state of solution or dispersion that can be washed away. That, essentially, sums up what your regular dishwashing/ utensil bar does or is expected to do. And well, the claims to superiority and differentiation are all out there, ranging from ‘sparkling clean’, ‘touch and shine’, ‘aquashine’, ‘zero wastage’ and ‘anti-bacterial’ to ‘powered with lime/wood ash/active boosters’ and even ‘100% vegetarian’. Take your pick. At we picked up samples of the widely available and popular brands of these bars and subjected them to the rigours of lab tests to assess their performance on parameters defined by the national standards.
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The parameters covered essential areas ranging from basics like packaging, markings on packets and weight, to quality indicators such as solubility, alkalinity, lather production and, of course, their ability to clean and shine. Overall, the test programme was carried out based on Indian Standard IS: 6047:2009. The performance tests were conducted on new/fresh stainless steel plates as per IS guidelines. Among other things, the bars were dipped in water to check for mushiness and for tough-soil cleaning efficiency, and plates were heated in an oven at 325 degrees C for about two minutes.