A new anti-microbial treatment that can make clothing – including smelly socks – permanently germ-free has been developed by US scientists.
The spray-on solution can be applied to existing garments, according to the team from the University of Georgia.
It is designed to offer low cost protection for healthcare facilities, such as hospitals.
Chemical impregnated materials already exist, but have to be added during the manufacturing process.
The new solution can be applied to natural and synthetic textiles including clothes, home carpets, shoes and even plastics.
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.
Many of these can cause disease, break down fabrics, create stains and produce odours.