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Texas Specification No. 485-86-01A

Effective Date: December 30, 1983

Reformatted: December 8, 1996




1. SCOPE: This specification establishes requirements for liquid hand soap derived from coconut oil, to be dispensed in diluted form for use in washrooms.

2. APPLICABLE SPECIFICATIONS AND STANDARDS: References to specifications, standards and test methods shall be to the issues in effect on the date of the Invitation for Bids. Copies of the referenced documents may be obtained from the issuing organizations at the addresses shown. The following documents form a part of this specification to the extent specified herein:

2.1. AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR TESTING AND MATERIALS (ASTM), 1916 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103:

2.1.1. ASTM D 460, Standard Methods for Sampling and Chemical Analysis of Soaps and Soap Products.

2.1.2. ASTM E 70, Standard Methods for Test of pH with the Glass Electrode.

2.2. TEXAS SPECIFICATIONS: Texas Procurement and Support Services, Bid Services, P.O.Box 13186, Austin, TX 78711-.3047

2.2.1. Texas Specification No. 180-34-01B, Sequestering Agent; EDTA Tetrasodium Salt.

2.2.2. Texas Specification No. 180-48-10A, Fatty Acid, Coconut.

2.2.3. Texas Specification No. 180-58-01A, Potassium Hydroxide (Caustic Potash); 45% Solution.

3. DEFINITIONS: Terminology used in this specification is intended to be generic in nature and consistent with meanings that have been defined through general use and/or accepted trade practices. Where variant meanings may exist, the applicable interpretation shall be determined by the Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS).

3.1. COMMISSION: Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS).

4. REQUIREMENTS: Liquid hand soap furnished under this specification shall meet or exceed the following minimum requirements:

4.1. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: The product as received shall be a clear, moderately viscous liquid at ordinary temperatures, and when cooled to 25 °F (-3.9 °C). when diluted with reasonably soft water in accordance with label instructions, it shall have a slippery feel and shall lather readily when rubbed between wet hands.

4.2. CHEMICAL REQUIREMENTS: The concentrate shall be manufactured by blending into a homogeneous solution in soft water the following ingredients, which shall comply with the cited Texas Specifications:

4.2.1. Coconut fatty acid (Texas Specification No. 180-48-10A) comprising at least 28.5 percent by weight of the total formulation.

4.2.2. Caustic potash, 45% solution (Texas Specification No. 180-58-01A) in sufficient amount to solubilize the fatty acid and adjust the final pH to the level specified in Requirement 4.3.3. this should require about 17.3 percent by weight of the total.

4.2.3. EDTA Tetrasodium salt amounting to 0.2 - 0.25 percent by weight of the total, or enough to ensure compliance with Requirement 4.3.5.

4.2.4. Colorants and fragrance materials sufficient to color and perfume the product in a pleasing manner selected by the manufacturer.

4.3. TEST REQUIREMENTS: The product shall conform to the requirements of Table 1, Test Requirements, when tested by the methods cited in Section 6.



Requirement Minimum Maximum Test
Matter volatile at 105 °C, pbw* -- 66.00 6.10
pH as received 9.60 10.20 6.30
Sudsing ability - ml foam layer -- 150.00 6.40
Hard-water stability at 250 ppm CaCO3 -- pass 6.50
Free acid as lauric, pbw -- 1.00 6.60
Free alkali as KOH, pbw -- trace 6.60

*pbw (percent by weight)

5. SAMPLES: Unless otherwise specified in the Invitation for Bids, no prepurchase samples shall be required. Samples tested shall be taken from regular orders.

6. TESTING: Testing shall be done by or at the direction of, the Commission and/or the receiving State agency. Tests shall be performed on products from shipments to ordering agencies. In the event products tested fail to meet or exceed all conditions and requirements of this specification, the cost of the samples used and the cost of testing shall be borne by the supplier.

6.1. TESTS: The product furnished under this specification shall be tested by the following methods or approved equally applicable procedures:

6.1.1. Matter volatile at 105 °C: Determine by the oven method of ASTM D 460, Paragraph 11.

6.1.2. Matter insoluble in alcohol: Determine by the procedure of ASTM D 460, Paragraphs 18 and 19, using as test sample the oven-dried residue from the previous test.

6.1.3. pH: Determine by the procedure of ASTM E 70.

6.1.4. Sudsing ability: Transfer a one (1) ml sample of concentrate by means of a volumetric pipette to a large beaker. Add 350ml distilled water, and mix on a magnetic stirrer. Fill a 250mil graduated cylinder up to the 50ml mark with the resulting 0.1% solution. Agitate the contents by rotating the stoppered cylinder smoothly about its midpoint to the inverted position and back again. After 20 inversions over a one (1) minute period, let stand for five (5) minutes, then read the net foam volume.

6.1.5. Hard-water stability: Prepare synthetic hard water containing 0.29g calcium chloride dehydrate and 0.13g magnesium sulfate heptahydrate per liter of solution in distilled water. Mix 20ml soap concentrate with 50ml hard water in a clear glass vessel, and examine for cloudiness. In order to pass Requirement 4.3.5. the solution must be perfectly clear.

6.1.6. Free acid or alkali: Determine by the procedure of ASTM D 460, Paragraphs 18 and 19, except that a fresh 10g sample of concentrate shall be used for the test. Titrate with either 0.1N KOH or 0.1N Hcl, depending on whether the sample solution is on the acid or alkaline side of the phenolphthalein end point. Determine the result, using whichever one of the following equations is applicable:

% lauric acid = ml titrant x normality x 20 / g sample

%KOH = ml titrant x normality x 5.61 / g sample

7. INSPECTION: Products furnished under this specification shall be inspected by, or at the direction of the Commission and/or the ordering State agency either at the destination or place of manufacture.

8. PACKING / PACKAGING: Packing for shipment shall be in accordance with the manufacturer's standard practice and in a manner readily accepted by common carriers engaged in interstate commerce. Within the shipping carton, units shall be packed in a manner designed to minimize damage during the shipment because of rough or improper handling.

8.1. PACKING: The product shall be packaged in accordance with one of the following options, whichever is specified in the Invitation for Bids:

8.1.1. One-gallon plastic jugs, packed four (4) or six (6) to a case.

8.1.2. 55-gallon drums.


9.1. MARKING: Each shipping container shall be clearly marked with:

9.1.1. Name of contents.

9.1.2. Quantity contained.

9.1.3. Name and address of the manufacturer.

The container or shipping documents shall include:

9.1.4. Order number or contract number.

9.1.5. Name and address of ordering agency.

9.1.6. Agency requisition number.

9.2. LABELING: Each product container shall bear a securely affixed and durable label showing the following information:

9.2.1. This specification number (485-86-01A).

9.2.2. Name of contents, including brand name if any.

9.2.3. Quantity contained.

9.2.4. Instructions for diluting to proper strength for use in dispensers.

10. COMPLIANCE: In order for consideration to be given to the bid on an item under this specification, the bidder must comply with the following:

10.1. PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION: The make, model number, name of the manufacturer, brand or trade name, etc., as applicable, of the item which the vendor proposes to furnish must be stated as part of the bid.

10.2. EXCEPTIONS: Notwithstanding the above, any exception taken by the bidder to the requirements and conditions of this specification must be stated and described in detail as a part of the bid. If no exceptions or deviations are identified in this manner, the items must be furnished exactly as described herein.

10.3. PROOF: The bidder shall bear the burden of proof of compliance with this specification.

11. PRODUCT INFORMATION: Liquid hand soap conforming to this specification is suitable for use, after dilution with water containing less than 250 ppm (14.6 grains per gallon) calcium carbonate hardness, in the usual washroom soap dispensers. If the usual water supply is too hard, the soap should be diluted with demineralized water. A good place to get soft water is from either the steam boiler feed or the softener for laundry water.

12. ORDERING DATA: When ordering products conforming to this specification the requisitioning agency shall specify the following:

12.1. The number of this specification (485-86-01B).

12.2. The size of containers required. (See Paragraph 8.1)

12.3. The total quantity required.

13. AVAILABILITY OF SPECIFICATIONS: Copies of this specification may be obtained by calling or writing:

Bid Services

Texas Procurement and Support Services

P.O.Box 13186

Austin, TX 78711-3047

(512) 463-3416

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