Anti-odour socks addressed in new report

Published: 29th October 2009

Anti-odour socks addressed in new report
One of the first studies on the environmental credentials of socks in regards to the release of silver nanoparticles from laundering anti-odour and anti-bacterial socks now on the market has been released.

Boffins in Switzerland led by Bernd Nowack at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research found that manufacturers and consumers can minimise particles release to the environment, and stop the chance of harming fish and other wildlife.

The paper explained: "These results have important implications for the risk assessment of silver textiles and also for environmental fate studies of nanosilver, because they show that under certain conditions relevant to washing, primarily coarse silver-containing particles are released."

This week, Kelly O'Sullivan of the Desert Trail highlighted a Reader's Digest tip for getting smelly socks clean, noting that a cup of alcohol-based sugarless mouthwash in the washing machine is the perfect way to solve the problem.

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