Textile Engineering Project on Antibacterial Finish For Kitchen Fabric
‘Kitchen fabrics’ are textile materials used to keep kitchen environment clean from contamination caused by microbes such as bacteria,fungi and other parasites. Most of the hotels, canteens in colleges and schools and home kitchens use these fabrics to improve their hygienic level and also to show their standard to customers.Kitchen fabrics include products such as dishcloth, wiping cloth,hand towels and tea towels.
Dishcloth is widely used by people followed by wiping cloth, hand towels and tea towels. The most common fabrics used in kitchens include wiping cloth and dishcloth.
Types of Cloth Used for cleaning:
The first type of cloth is used to clean the oil and milk spills, juice from meat and vegetables etc. But this cloth does not come in contact with food but such contact may happen due to unavoidable situations.
The second type of cloth is used mostly for drying utensils, cups pans, etc. If contaminated dishcloth is used to dry dishes, theremay be transfer of bacteria to them from the cloth which will contaminate the food later and this may lead to food borne illness, food poisoning and other diseases.
Conclusions that are drawn from this project:
a. Five types of bacteria/genus, namely Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Bacillus species, Enterococcus species and Streptococcus speciesare found in dishcloths used in vegetarian kitchens and Pseudomonas fluorescens alone is found in the cloths used in non-vegetarian kitchens.
b. The citric acid used in the application of Ashwagandha is found to posses no antibacterial activity.
c. Ashwagandha is found to act as a good antibacterial agent for dish cloths, both in the absence and presence of citric acid. The activity of Ashwagandha increases with increase in concentration of application.
d. Activity of Ashwagandha applied on the dishcloth in the absence of citric acid could not last even up to a single washing cycle.
e. At the same time, the antibacterial agent applied on the dish cloth in the presence of citric acid is found to possess antibacterial activity after 4 washing cycles. It shows that the use of citric acid is essential for the application of Ashwagandha for achieving antibacterial activity.
SCOPE FOR FUTURE WORK
In the light of the study conducted, following are the suggestions made as scope for the future work.
a. Steps may be taken to find out the exact species of some of the genus identified in the study as this work could not be carried out.
b. An investigation may be carried out to find out the mechanism of action of citric acid required for the application of the antibacterial agent, Ashwagandha, used in the study.
c. A study may be carried out to find out the means to retain the antibacterial activity of Ashwagandha on dishcloth at least for 20 washing cycles.
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