Recent health concerns surrounding the worldwide pandemic have generated a renewed interest in the ways technology is helping us stay safe. One such example is antimicrobial fabrics and their potential to fend off illness or exposure to bacteria and viruses.
One of the most common uses of antimicrobial fabrics is in medical environments. The treated fabrics help fend off microorganisms, or pathogens, that would normally contaminate bedding and curtains found in medical offices or hospitals. They are used as an added layer of protection against the growth or spread of certain bacteria and other microorganisms.
Outside of the medical community, antimicrobial textiles are most commonly used to make athletic wear, specialty underwear like Ejis sweat proof undershirts and boxer briefs, and household items like mattresses and sheets.
This post was originally published in June 2020, and was updated in June 2021.
Antimicrobial fabric is a textile that is either naturally resistant to microbe or has been treated in such a way as to resist microbes. Antimicrobial textiles offers protection against bacteria, mold, mildew, and other microbes (both hazardous and inert).
Some naturally antimicrobial fabrics include linen, merino wool, and hemp.
When a microorganism, such as bacteria, comes into contact with an antimicrobial fabric, it breaks down in several ways.
Common agents used to treat textiles are silver and copper because of their natural antimicrobial properties.
The intended use of an antimicrobial fabric, as well as the manufacturer’s capabilities, determine the process used to add the antimicrobial agent. The agents, or additives, may be applied to the surface of the textile or wound within its fibers. The agent may be added during the actual spinning of the fibers, combined with dyes, or applied as a treatment during finishing.
Antimicrobial textiles used to make clothing, like Ejis sweat proof undershirts and boxer briefs, offer several benefits.
Antimicrobial fabrics offer several benefits to consumers, especially those concerned with body odor. When shopping for products touting antimicrobial properties, look for information from the company about the agents and processes used to treat the fabrics.
Ejis sweat proof and essential underwear is treated with silver ions to fend off odor-causing bacteria. Our dress socks have silver anti-odor technology permanently threaded into each sock. When bacteria and sweat mix, it can cause body odor that also lingers on your clothes. Stop worrying about odor, and start wearing Ejis undershirts, boxer briefs, and dress socks. (Buy from our shop or on Amazon.)