Why you should always wash your brand new clothes before you wear them

Shrinkage. Fading. Lack of time. We have too many reasons in the world to forego washing our newly bought clothes, and too few (visible) reasons to do so.

Nevertheless, if you’ve always dismissed the practice because your clothes end up in the wash after you wear them anyway, you might want to reconsider it now.

Here are 3 reasons to throw the new clothes you snagged off the rack into the washing machine before they go on.

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1. New clothes are home to pathogens and germs

Once the clothes are made in the factory, they are packed and sent from one place to another via various modes of transport before they reach the store. Finding out where the cloth was made, where it was stored, and how it was transported is difficult. During this entire process, your new garment may have come in contact with several pathogens and germs. These microscopic organisms cannot be seen, but that does not mean they do not exist. Therefore, you should wash your clothes before wearing them for your own safety.

2. Chemicals used in the colours

Chemicals are used for first making the fabric and then dyeing it in specific colors. All of these chemicals can irritate the skin and cause itching and redness. Additionally, sweating and friction can cause dye to leach out of clothing, which may also cause skin reactions, resulting in allergies.

3. Several people might have tried the clothes

At big apparel stores where clothes are displayed, people try on the dress before buying it to ensure it fits perfectly. You can never know how many people have tried the clothes before you if you buy them there. Dead skin and germs from their skin can be found on your clothes when you wear them. This can cause dermatitis, itchiness, and redness.


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