Protective apparel comprised of synthetic fabrics is used widely in the food processing industry. Although the lighter weight polyethylene aprons are designed for single use, some synthetic garments having a more durable composition are used multiple times before discarding. Problematic, however, is the ability to adequately clean and sanitize these garments between applications to provide a garment free of physical and microbial contaminants as required under regulatory performance standards established for the food industry under 9 CFR Subchapter E “Regulatory Requirements Under the Federal Meat Inspection Act and Poultry Products Inspection Act”, Part 416 “Sanitation” and Part 417 “Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Systems.”