Imagine shirts, pants or socks that clean and remove unpleasant smells themselves when hung on your balcony – how would that be? If you ask me, few things could be better!

After we recently told you about the jaw-dropping superhydrophobic spray, we have another fantastic material which is reported to be able to clean itself of stains and bacteria (which causes unpleasant smells) when exposed to ordinary sunlight.

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Mingce Long and Deyong Wu, who worked on the fabric explained it uses a coating made from a compound of titanium dioxide, which is present in a lot of white things – from white paint to sunscreen cream. What titanium dioxide does is kill microbes and break down dirt, which is a major benefit of white paint.

Authors do admit that self-cleaning clothes have been created before, but they only cleaned themselves when exposed to UV light – which is much more complicated than with normal light. The cotton fabric is coated with nanoparticles made from a compound of titanium dioxide and nitrogen which have the ability to destroy bacteria without damaging the clothing.