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"Science and science fiction, how do you even distinguish the two?"
- Jerry Pournelle

Fabricules  
  Tiny bits of fabric that were self-cleaning; gloves made of this material always stayed clean.  

Nanotechnology or washday miracle? Actually, both. It is not done by repulsion; apparently, the fabricules do work in ejecting the dirt by some mechanical means. So, the question arises, would you need to recharge your gloves?

...with a quick brush, John and Gwendolyn were able to transfer most of the dirt onto their white gloves. From there it went straight into the air. Most gentlemen's and ladies' gloves nowadays were constructed of infinitesimal fabricules that knew how to eject dirt; you could thrust your gloved hand into mud, and it would be white a few seconds later.
From The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson.
Published by Bantam Books in 1995
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Okay, so how do you do the white glove test? You'd need something else to find toner, an interesting bit of technovelgy from the same novel.

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