Odor Capture for Textiles

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


Activewear has never been more popular with consumers due to the comfort and wicking properties clothing and footwear offer. The products also offer something else: 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 – stench. In an attempt to rid yourself of the stench, you may have even resorted to washing your activewear twice instead of just once, meaning you have cut the lifetime of the product, and therefore the value, in half.

Antimicrobial fabrics prevent permastink.

In contrast, antimicrobial fabrics that incorporate our odor control technology reduce odor and extend product life, so you can enjoy your new yoga pants for a long time.

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. 

Antimicrobial treatment extends the life of clothing.

In fact, antimicrobial 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 clothing, increasing its value.