Do you really need to wash new clothes before you wear them? Here’s the answer!

Are you starting to buy those new Fall fashions? There’s no better feeling than walking […]

Are you starting to buy those new Fall fashions?

There’s no better feeling than walking out of a shop after buying that amazing dress! It looked beautiful on the rack and after trying it on- it was perfect on you! Or what about that feeling of putting on that perfectly crisp button-down shirt that will never look the same on you after you wash it….

The question is, do you wash those brand-new garments before you wear them for the first time? The answer to that depends on how you feel about rashes, insects and diseases.


Yes, according to Donald Belsito, a professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center, those clean-looking clothes aren’t so clean after all. (  The professor noted that dyes and formaldehyde resins can spark skin irritation in some or a full-blown allergic reaction in others. But those are far from the only risks.

The Pro told The Wall Street Journal…”I have seen cases of lice that were possibly transmitted from trying on in the store, and there are certain infectious diseases that can be passed on through clothing,” he explained. “The other infestation I’ve seen from clothing is scabies.”

Dressing rooms aren’t the only place where your would-be wardrobe comes in contact with others. From the people who manufactured the clothing, to those who shipped it and others who stocked the racks, there’s just no telling how many hands (and other parts) have touched it all.

“Fungus can hang around for a while,” isn’t enough to make you want to wash those new items once before wearing them, maybe it should make you want to wash them twice — that’s what the doctor does.

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