A 17 year old girl may have discovered a bacteria-proof fabric that resists contamination with MRSA. Amber McCleary, the young UK inventor, planned to use her unique fabric to make odor-free dog beds. But after seeing the MRSA lab test results, she quickly realized the fabric’s potential for making clothing, bed linens and hospital gowns resistant to superbugs.
Amber sent samples of the fabric, made of a copper and foam based material, to a lab for testing against MRSA. The results showed that MRSA would not grow on the material. While there are fabric treatments and coatings that can repel bacteria, this new fabric is inherently resistant to bacteria because of the nature of the material itself.
It’s been well known that copper has the ability to repel mold, mildew and bacteria. One common example is brass door knobs, which reduce bacterial contamination because of the copper inside the brass. And there are now even copper door handles made to resist bacteria. Another metal with potent bacterial repelling properties is silver. Solutions of colloidal silver have been used as an alternative treatment for infections and ingredients in surface disinfectants.
Amber just launched her dog bed invention and plans to work with her patent attorneys on other uses for the material. One such use would be bed linens and clothing worn by hospital workers and doctors. Such antibacterial clothing could help reduce the risks of catching MRSA in hospitals by providing fewer surfaces on which the bacteria can live. A great benefit of this fabric is the lack of added chemical antibacterial agents, which not only cause problems with antibiotic resistance but can also create toxic by-products.
To your best health,
Microbiologist and Natural Health Expert
“Addiscombe schoolgirl stumbles on MRSA solution while inventing dog bed”