Antimicrobial activity of fabrics treated with Quercus Infectoria extract for foot odour control

Author(s): V.Yamuna, S.Sudha

This study concentrates on controlling the development of foot odor causing bacteria while wearing socks. Hence 100% bamboo fabric, nylon/bamboo and cotton/nylon union fabrics were produced using socks knitting machine and they were treated with natural antimicrobial agent, Quercus Infectoria (Gallnut). The gallnut treated fabrics were tested for antimicrobial activity against the foot odour causing bacteria such as Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus aureus, Propionicbacterium acnes and Escherichia coli using agar diffusion method and the zone of inhibition was identified for all the samples. The result shows that gallnut treated bamboo fabrics and its blend shows better antibacterial activity than cotton and nylon.

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