Thursday, May 19, 2016

Smelly socks and sweaty shirts: Why your laundry stinks, and how to stop it

Scientists have identified the molecules that make our clothes smell. Dirty laundry smells bad because of certain chemicals called volatile organic compounds, which can’t always be washed out on an eco-friendly 20 degree Celsius cycle, according to a new study. Researchers identified six volatile organic compounds (VOCs) on dirty t-shirts and socks, some of which survive washing in a machine at 20?C.

from Geochemistry News -- ScienceDaily

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