Most of us love new clothes. They are "perfect". Colors are bright, the lines are crisp, and the embellishments pristine. So why would you ever wash them and risk changing the look before you even get a chance to wear them?
3 Reasons Why New Clothes Should Be Washed Before Wearing
There are three good reasons to wash new clothes, especially pieces like underwear or t-shirts and shorts that are worn in direct contact with your skin before you wear them.
Loose Dye Transfer
One reason to wash new clothes is to wash out extra dye that can be transferred to your skin or other garments. Most fabrics made from synthetic fibers (polyester, acrylic ) are colored with azo-aniline dyes. These dyes can cause severe skin reactions for people, especially small children, who are allergic to them. If the allergy is severe, the rash will be similar to poison ivy. But even less severe reactions can cause dry, itchy inflamed patches of skin.
Bacteria, Fungus, and Insects
It is possible to transfer lice, scabies, bacteria, and fungus from one person to another person when clothes are tried on. Dressing rooms can become breeding grounds for everything from viruses to athlete's foot.Why take that risk?
And, most importantly, new clothes should be washed to remove the chemical finishes like Urea-formaldehyde that manufacturers put on clothes to enhance color or texture. The finishes won't bother everyone, but if you have sensitive skin, you can develop a rash especially in constant contact areas like armpits, collars, cuffs, and trouser waists and thighs.Urea-formaldehyde is often the chemical used to prevent mildew from forming on clothes that have to be shipped long distances in hot, humid containers from Asia and South America to the United States. It has a very sharp odor that will remain in the fabric until the garment is washed. One washing will probably not remove all of the formaldehyde but you will reduce the resin significantly, and it will continue to be removed with each wash.
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