Awesome or awful? Self-cleaning underwear

The future is coming, and it won't require Woolite.

Topics: Broadsheet, Love and Sex,

The Independent picks up a funny story today by Adrienne So, which originally ran on Slate, touting newfangled bra technology and investigating the possibility of a jogging bra that could power her iPod. (It could happen!) What really grabbed my attention, however, was a sidebar about upcoming clothing inventions. Ladies and gentlemen, set your clocks and toss your fabric softener because the future is coming and it will not require 5-for-1 boy short sales at Victoria’s Secret:

“Self-cleaning underwear

Scientists working for the US military have used self-cleaning fabrics to create T-shirts and underwear that can be worn for weeks without washing. The garments, which use nanoparticles and chemicals to repel water, oil and bacteria, cost 14 [million pounds] to develop and have been licensed to Alexium Group in London for civilian use. Available soon.”

So it’s like a self-cleaning oven, but you wear it on your privates. Sounds creepy — and convenient! As someone who can’t stand the laundromat, I’m so torn! Self-cleaning underwear: Awesome or awful?

Sarah Hepola is an editor at Salon.

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