While browsing the internet looking for your next pair of innerwear, you might have seen a ton of advertisements for products with different features. Some brands make tall claims. In fact, you might have encountered one or the other advertisement of bacteriostatic innerwear at some point. So what does this mean? Does it imply that scientists have finally come up with underwear that can kill bacteria? This might not be the case. Unfortunately, technology hasn’t progressed so far. However, there are a few neat features in underwear that are worthy of our attention. Let’s look into the fact and fiction of bacteriostatic innerwear.
Can innerwear kill bacteria?
If you’re pressed for time and don’t want to read this entire article, the short answer is no. Underwear cannot kill bacteria. It can, however, stop it from reproducing. No, don’t worry, it doesn’t have the same effect on you. In fact, clothes with anti-microbial properties have been a topic of interest for a long time, now. Essential, antimicrobial textiles are textiles impregnated with substances that have antimicrobial properties. These substances can be artificially injected or can exist naturally. They are of significant importance in a field like medicine, where protecting patients from pathogens is very important in a hospital environment.
However, these textiles don’t need to be manufactured in a factory or require a high level of chemical engineering to exist. Sometimes, they exist in nature. Case in point — the bamboo shoot. A common misconception about bamboo is that it is a tree species. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Bamboo is, in fact, a type of grass. It is among the fastest growing grass species in the world, with a woody shoot. It grows to great heights at a breakneck pace, and does not need much maintenance. Its woody shoot lends itself to extremely strong and durable equipment for construction and even textiles.
One interesting fact about growing Bamboo is that pesticides are rarely used in their cultivation. This is because Bamboo contains an innate bio-agent, called bamboo-kun, which is bacteriostatic i.e it prevents bacteria from growing. Textiles made with bamboo contain this bio-agent, making them more resistant to the odours that come with sweating in warm weather. The best part? DaMENSCH Neo-Skin vests are made from bamboo! They are imbibed with all the excellent properties of bamboo and an ideal choice for wearing in the hot Indian summer.
Bactericidal and Bacteriostatic Difference:
So, if it doesn’t kill bacteria, what does it do? That’s a good question. The word bacteriostatic is a combination of ‘bacteria’ and ‘static’, which means ‘to stop’, in Latin. Bacteriostatic textiles also kill some bacteria, but not enough to disinfect the fabric. But they do kill just enough bacteria to keep the colony of germs at a stationary state of development. Bactericidal substances on the other hand, kill over 99.9% of bacteria. You must be very familiar with statistics from advertisements for Dettol, Savlon and the like.
But underwear doesn’t have to be bactericidal for it to be odour-canceling. Here’s a quick science lesson before we continue. Have you ever wondered why you stink after you sweat? One of the key contributing factors here is dampness, or wetness. When you sweat, moisture is released through the pores of your skin, which settle in your clothes and other areas of your body. Your sweat also contains tons of minerals and other waste materials which microbes can feed on. So basically, the longer you keep on those sweaty clothes, the more you stink, because it has the two ingredients that bacteria need most to survive — food and water!
DaMENSCH’s Deo-Soft collection is made of a blend of supima cotton and modal fibres. The supima cotton makes it extra moisture wicking. That means even on a hot day or after a workout, these undies wick moisture away from those dark and damp areas and through its micropores, exposes the moisture to the air, where it will evaporate away. The key to staying stink-free in hot weather is to be as dry as possible, and Deo-Soft innerwear does that with aplomb, because it is way more moisture-wicking and breathable than regular underwear.
Pros, cons and our suggestions
The headline here is a bit of a misnomer because honestly speaking, odour-canceling innerwear has no cons. It’s only pros. If you’re someone who sweats easily, we would highly recommend stocking up on inners that are odour-canceling and bacteriostatic. They’ll keep you dry, fresh and smelling great throughout the day.
When it comes to bacteriostatic innerwear, we can’t recommend DaMENSCH Neo-Skin vests highly enough. These vests are tailor made for the Indian summer, when it gets hot, humid and sweaty. In others, it’s the perfect thing to wear during bacteria season. Vests are a very useful item of clothing that a lot of men neglect when it comes to their wardrobes. Especially in the sub-tropical weather we live in, vests are invaluable as pieces of innerwear because they wick moisture away from the body, keeps you fresh and dry, and prevents sweat from showing up in big patches on your shirt. That means your outerwear will last longer! So take this from us, stock up on DaMENSCH vests. Not only are they bacteriostatic, due to the amazing properties of the bamboo-kun bio-agent, they’re also an excellent, common sense addition to your wardrobe.
When it comes to picking out bacteriostatic underwear, keep two things in mind — fit and breathability. Ill fitting underwear is a recipe for discomfort and excessive sweating. Within the DaMENSCH Deo-Soft range, there are quite a few products, all of which are known for their superior breathability. If you’re someone who values support, choose briefs. However, if you’re a bigger person, trunks or boxer briefs might be a better idea, for extra room and breathability.
Secondly, make sure you study the size chart carefully to get underwear that fits you well. Well fitting underwear minimizes sweating, but tight underwear causes sweating to increase, leading to a decrease in breathability. In any case, the DaMENSCH Deo-Soft collection is the way to go!