And presto - a clothing treatment that may be able to permanently shield clothes from a variety of germs, including the ones that make socks smell.|
In a paper published in the American Chemical Society journal Applied Materials and Interfaces, Dr Jason Locklin and his colleagues state that the treatment kills a wide range of dangerous pathogens, including staph, strep, E. coli, pseudomonas and acetinobacter.Note: it doesn't stop the feet from smelling. Just the socks.
Many of these can cause disease, break down fabrics, create stains and produce odours.
When the scientists tested the product, they found that a single application was enough to stop all further bacterial growth at up to 37 degrees Celsius.
And the solution did not degrade even after multiple hot water laundry cycles.