Mexican chemical engineering student creates a way to clean clothes without water or detergent | Latina Lista

Jessica Cruz Aguirre[/caption], a student at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) (National Autonomous University of Mexico), discovered one way that clothes can be cleaned without water or detergent — but by using bacteria.The bacterias used are mostly associated with metals but Aguirre has fine-tuned the “eating” properties of the bacteria to create a cleaning agent for clothes. Aguirre trained the bacteria to eat the organic materials associated with wine stains. Without genetically modifying the bacteria, Aguirre allowed the bacteria to learn to recognize wine as a food source. Over time, the bacteria naturally modified itself to see wine as food. Once it accomplished that, Aguirre mixed wine with cooking oil and sweat so that the bacteria can see those mixtures as dirt and eat them too.Aguirre and her project partner, Paulina Mar Lucas, envision their creation as a single container that has two sprays. One spray releases the bacteria onto the dirty garment where on contact the bacteria eats organic particles, removes odor and stains. A second misting kills these organisms and adds softening and perfumes to the clothes so they feel soft and smell pleasant.

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