Cotton Stinks Less
Smelling less ripe after exercise may mean wearing cotton clothes instead of polyester, suggests research from Belgium. The study, published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, included 26 healthy people who engaged in an intense, hour-long spinning session. The shirts worn during spinning were placed in incubators for 28 hours, and then inspected by an odor panel! The shirts were also tested for bacteria. Researchers found that the bacteria responsible for odor grows better on polyester. Study author Chris Callewaert of Ghent University, Belgium hopes to one day solve the issue of body odor by transplanting microbes from non-smelly relatives to those afflicted by body odor.