It would be a dream come true if our jeans, sweats or socks clean and de-odorize themselves when hung on the balcony rack under the sun. It may not remain a dream after all as scientists have developed a new cotton fabric that cleans itself of stains and bacteria when exposed to ordinary sunlight. The cotton fabric apparently uses a coating made from a compound of titanium dioxide, the white material used in everything from white paint to foods to sunscreen lotions. When exposed to some types of light, Titanium dioxide breaks down dirt and kills microbes. The self-cleaning fabrics made in the past were devised in such a way that they cleaned themselves when were exposed to ultraviolet rays.
But the new fabric created by Mingce Long and Deyond Wu cleans itself when exposed to ordinary sunlight. The cotton fabric is supposedly coated with nanoparticles made from a compound of titanium dioxide and nitrogen, both of which remain intact even after washing. An invention as this could cut down our work considerably and make our lives much easier too!