Reasons To Think Twice About Wearing New Clothes Before Washing Them

June 1, 2018

It may be incredibly hard to resist putting on your brand new outfit as soon as you buy it, but health experts have revealed why you should never do so. 

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When a CBS 21 worker, Tanya Foster, decided to check how clean the new clothing is, she went shopping and brought clothing items, both new and second-hand, to a science lab at the Harrisburg University.

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In the lab, biotechnology expert Leena Patterkine would conduct a laboratory checkup to find out how clean the new clothes are. The results received less than 24 hours later stunned everyone.

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Both second-hand and brand new shirts, pants, and even shoes, contained little to moderate levels of bacteria. What's more, new items were a lot dirtier than their second-hand relatives.

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Much to the surprise of everyone, underwear was the worst, especially those still in their packages!

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Donald Belsito, a dermatology professor based at Columbia University Medical Center, believes that wearing unwashed garments straight out of the store could be detrimental to your health. To be more specific, it could cause skin irritation, lice, scabies, and even fungus.

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While you may love that skirt, the previous potential shopper who tried it on could have hated it. And, what's much worse, this person could have been a lice carrier.

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For those of you who are not afraid of bugs, dermatologists have another warning: Newly-bought garments can also contain a wide range of chemicals that can wreak havoc on your skin, especially the most sensitive type or sports.

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One of such deleterious chemicals happens to be formaldehyde resins. It's commonly used in garments to prevent mildew and keep clothes wrinkle-free. In addition, many dyes in the fabric can also cause allergic reactions.

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The risks of wearing clothes with formaldehyde, however, can go far beyond a simple skin allergy. In particular, they can lead to such severe reactions as eczema, especially when formaldehyde levels exceed the regulated amounts of the chemical.

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Though risks involved in wearing unwashed new clothes are significant, most of them can be avoided by washing your garments before wearing them. A combination of bleach and hot water can do miracles, ensuring your clothes' utmost cleanliness and preventing you from the risks of getting a skin infection.

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So, it's better think twice before putting on brand new clothes because the risk of getting an infection from touching the door handle is as high as getting it from wearing your newly-bought garments. 

Source: RelayHero, Independent