Odor Capture for Apparel and Footwear

Look like you work out – don’t smell like it.


Activewear has never been more popular with consumers due to constant advancements in apparel and footwear technology. However, activewear garments also offer something else besides comfort and performance: permastink.

Activewear is often made from synthetics, polyester, nylon and elastane blends, which all retain odors.

Because washing alone does little to prevent or remove those odors, it does not take long before your running shoes or yoga pants are rendered useless by an overpowering – and certainly unwelcome – stink. In an attempt to rid yourself of the stink, you may have even resorted to washing your activewear twice instead of just once, lessening the garment life and using more water in the washing cycle.

Odor capture fabrics prevent permastink in apparel.

In contrast, odor capture fabrics that incorporate our odor control technology reduce odor and extend garment life, so you can worry less about stink and focus on the bigger things in life.

Get more from – and for – your clothing with Microban odor control technology.

The main causes of odor in textiles are organic carboxylic acids, which can cause persistent or permanent odor. Microban® odor control technology forms a protective barrier on fabrics that traps body odor, preventing apparel from giving off an offensive smell during wear and between washings. It can also capture odors that transfer to the textiles from external sources, such as your body or the environment. The odor is then washed out during normal laundering and the clothing is renewed. 

Microban odor capture technologies extend garment life.

In fact, odor capture fabrics using our technology reduce odors by >90% after more than 50 typical home launderings. Because our odor control technology eliminates one of the major complaints about synthetic fabrics, it extends the useful life of garments, increasing value in a sustainable way.