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    Bought a tech shirt the other day with silver threads in it.  Manufacturer proclaims an end to stench, on account of said  threads' "anti-microbial properties" that combat stink-producing bacteria living in my clothes.   

     

    Lately I have not been enjoying my own company when wearing my running attire, and I am finding it hard to stand upwind of myself  -- hence the impulse buy.

     

    Am I a sucker?  Or will the silver make me smell sweeter?


    DespiteMyself

      There's lots of information on the web about silver ion antimicrobial properties. It's making its way into many medical devices and supplies (i.e. silver-impregnated catheters to decrease the risk of infection). Google "antimicrobial silver" or some similar combination, and you'll get tons of information.

       

      Here's a link related to textiles http://www.agiene.com/

       

      And the unofficial resource Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antimicrobial_Properties_of_Silver

       

      So you're probably not as gullible as you may feel ... but ultimately the  "smell test" will let you know.

      If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot run," then by all means RUN, and the voice will be silenced.

       

      Jiggle Monster

        It depends on the particular antimicrobial chemical(s), how it's been applied to or incorporated in the fibers, and what your laundering conditions are.  The silvers tend to work pretty well right out of the package; hot water, bleach, and/or harsh detergents are more likely to strip off fiber surface chemistries (e.g. antimicrobial, water- or stain-repellent).

        “Everything you need is already inside.” -- Bill Bowerman

          I once got such a shirt, and when I first used it, I noticed that indeed, no transpiration smell under my armpits.  After having washed it once, the effect seemed to have gone.

           

          There is a caveat here: since there is always the risked that bacteria develop a resistance agains the silver, and thus increasing the risk for hospital infection... (Bacteria that are harmless on the skin of healthy people won't get killed anymore, and when 'introduced' via a silver-lined catheter into an already vulnerable patient can cause a not so enjoyable infection...)

           

          So for that reason, I won't buy this kind of clothing anymore.

          Running in Belgium
          Ann

           

           

           

            I just rinse my running clothes in the shower right after running.


            DespiteMyself

               

              There is a caveat here: since there is always the risked that bacteria develop a resistance agains the silver, and thus increasing the risk for hospital infection... (Bacteria that are harmless on the skin of healthy people won't get killed anymore, and when 'introduced' via a silver-lined catheter into an already vulnerable patient can cause a not so enjoyable infection...)

               

              So for that reason, I won't buy this kind of clothing anymore.

               

              And the same caution should be noted for overuse, indiscriminate and incomplete use of antibiotics.

              If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot run," then by all means RUN, and the voice will be silenced.

               

              Jiggle Monster

                And the same caution should be noted for overuse, indiscriminate and incomplete use of antibiotics.

                 

                And the day-to-day use of antimicrobial handwashes, antiseptic lotions and ditto soaps...  Just plain soaps, common detergents... are more than sufficient for daily use...

                Running in Belgium
                Ann

                 

                 

                 

                  I once got such a shirt, and when I first used it, I noticed that indeed, no transpiration smell under my armpits.  After having washed it once, the effect seemed to have gone.

                   

                  There is a caveat here: since there is always the risked that bacteria develop a resistance agains the silver, and thus increasing the risk for hospital infection... (Bacteria that are harmless on the skin of healthy people won't get killed anymore, and when 'introduced' via a silver-lined catheter into an already vulnerable patient can cause a not so enjoyable infection...)

                   

                  So for that reason, I won't buy this kind of clothing anymore.

                   

                  Is this THE Anne V?


                  DespiteMyself

                    And the day-to-day use of antimicrobial handwashes, antiseptic lotions and ditto soaps...  Just plain soaps, common detergents... are more than sufficient for daily use...

                     

                    They do have their appropriate places ... but I must agree it's been a marketing free-for-all ... back to basics with soap and water for frequent hand-washing for 15 seconds (sing happy birthday to someone twice Smile ... it will either make their day, or make them look at you funny)

                    If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot run," then by all means RUN, and the voice will be silenced.

                     

                    Jiggle Monster

                      Is this THE Anne V?

                       

                      Don't think so...No idea (I'm Belgian) who Anne V could be.

                      Its Ann, and on the www I'm better known as AnneTanne Smile

                      Running in Belgium
                      Ann