I can already imagine germophobes clapping their hands in glee! No more having to worry about your clothing getting dirtied by sitting on a public bench. No more need for a pair of “bus pants” to make sure that you are not in direct contact with the gazillion germs that are sure to breed in those dirty seats. For sure, Sheldon Cooper would be first in line to get hold of this new solution that can keep clothing free of germs – on a permanent basis.
A team of researchers from the University of Georgia can be credited for this awesome anti-microbial treatment, and before you say that this kind of solution has been around for ages, let me remind you that the existing solutions usually wash off after several trips to the washing machine. After a while, your clothes are good as germ heaven. More so, the existing anti-microbial solutions have to applied during the manufacturing process.
With this new solution, both concerns are addressed rather effectively. One, the treatment can be applied to coats, jeans, dresses, gloves, shoes, carpets, and even plastics – at any time! You don’t have to go on a shopping spree to get a new wardrobe or redecorate your house just so you can be assured of germ-free living. Two, tests have shown that even after washing in hot water many times, the solution remains in the material – as effective as ever.
In their tests, the researchers have also found out that this solution can kill a wide range of pathogens including some of those we find so dreadful: staph, strep, E. coli, pseudomonas, and acetinobacter. More so, a single application of the solution is needed to stop the bacteria from growing; so, no need to use the solution like you apply your perfume all throughout the day.
The main purpose for the solution is to provide those who work in sectors such as healthcare with more protection, but I am sure that the average person will find a lot of use for this as well. I may not be germophobic (although I do like carrying around a travel-size bottle of 70% ethyl alcohol with me at all times, not to mention anti-bacterial wet tissues) but I wouldn’t mind being able to go to the store and buying this solution.