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INTRODUCTION The textiles are no more confined for the use of apparels clothing which is not only the purpose of textiles with the rapid changes in the social and economic structure of the society. Many efforts are made to save and protect human life. Textiles come to our help in every walk of life. Similarly textiles enhancing the quality of human life, through protection against various hazards a well as protection of environment in today’s priority. Recently there has been upsurge interest in apparel technology all over the world for much demanding functionality of the products like wrinkle resistance, water repellence, fade resistance and resistance to the microbial invasion. Today, with the increasing awareness of environmental concerns, an important legislation on eco-toxicological considerations has been introduced. The antimicrobial (antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal compounds) property plays a vital role, as they are directly in contact with the human skin. The carbohydrates in the cellulosic fabrics serves as the nutrients and the energy sources for the growth of micro organisms, which leads to unpleasant odour, stain, discoloration and reduction in the strength properties. The products like innerwear’s and socks are in contact with the human skin, which are highly prone to sweat for long period of time that may lead to the skin infections and discomfort to the wearer. For those reasons, it has been the essential property for a textile to resist or minimize the bacterial growth during use and storage. The textile finishes with added values particularly for medical cloths are greatly appreciated and the rapid growth in the field of medical textiles and their end uses has generated many opportunities for the applicat... ... middle of paper ... ... detergent (3%owf) at 40°C in an automatic washing machine at the interval of 5 and 10 washes. Assessment of the Wash Durability using EN ISO 20645 standards for Antimicrobial and antiseptic finishes: The antibacterial activity of the finished Bamboo/Cotton fabric was tested according to EN ISO 20645 against Staphylococcus sp., Bacillus sp., Klebsiella sp., Pseudomonas sp. and Proteus sp. Nutrient agar plates were prepared by pouring 15 ml of media into sterile Petri dishes. The agar plates were allowed to solidify for 5 minutes and 0.1% inoculum was swabbed uniformly and allowed to dry for 5 minutes. The finished fabric with the diameter of 2.0 ± 0.1 cm was placed on the surface of medium and the plates were kept for incubation at 37 ºC for 24 hours. At the end of incubation, the zone of inhibition formed around the fabric was measured in millimeters and recorded.
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