I predict that bachelors and parents of young children all over the world will be celebrating mightily before long. According to the Daily Mail:
Scientists have developed a coating that enables fabric to clean itself, breaking down dirt and stains when exposed to sunlight.
Suitable for use on cotton, silk, wool and other natural fibers, the self-cleaning coating could be used to create sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases which never need to be washed.
Its ability to dissolve hard-to-remove food stains could also herald the end of the early-morning dash to the dry cleaners with a wine-stained silk tie or a coffee-splattered woolen skirt.
Apparently all one has to do is hang the dirty article out in the sunlight and in a few hours the stain is gone.
Speaking as a former pastor, I wonder whether something like this could be developed to remove stains from souls? Might save a lot of work in the confessional!