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February 15th, 2010
A new study by Swiss scientists has revealed that nanosilver does not simply stay in clothing, fighting bacteria and odors. Instead, they are leaching out of the clothing when they're washed.
The scientists added seven different nanoparticle fabrics to a washing machine with steel balls added to simulate mechanical stress that would occur under normal washing conditions. Four of the fabrics lost roughly 20 percent to 35 percent of their silver with the first wash.
From there, of course, the nanosilver does not simply collect inside your washing machine. It raises the question of whether the nanosilver is also transferred to your skin during normal wear, and, certainly, it washes down your drain and out into the environment.
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