Why Do Polyester Clothes Get So Stinky? | Textile science 101

Take me directly to the video on YouTube instead!

Do you ever have that problem where a question just worms its way into your brain and won’t let go? Because same.

I hope I am not the only one who got really curious about the answer to this question. 😅

Are you sure you want smell-o-vision for your entertainment? 💀

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