During my Youth Service days, my friends and I would go to a shopping mall with the intention of purchasing nice clothes for ourselves. Then, we would pick every outfit that appealed to us, even though we plan on just buying 2 out of the 10 of them, to the dressing room to have a glance of how it would fit on us. I’m certain we weren’t the only ones guilty of that habit.
None of us actually thought we could have contacted some kind of skin infection through that. Even if we did, we would have attributed it to the water used in bathing or some kind of food reaction.
I’ve never realized the necessity in washing new clothes, I mean, why should I wash new clothes? Except of course, there’s some kind of stain. So, recently I came across an article where the question,”should a new cloth be washed before being put on?”, was raised. Some didn’t see why it should be washed while some others had reasons why it should be.
I don’t have much of a sensitive skin which has saved me from a lot of carelessness or rather trying a range of products on it to see how it reacts (I have no idea why, maybe I should consider being a dermatologist, Lol). Truly, a handful of strangers might have tried the clothes on before I did, I just never thought of the garment being dirty through that. While I was thinking about this, a picture of a sweaty person trying the cloth on came to mind. Oh no!
Reading through some articles relating to the issue, someone’s reason for washing new clothes was far from the clothes being dirty, it wasn’t really about the potential germs from other people but more of what’s in the fabric itself. How? In the process of making the fabric, dyes and chemicals are used which could cause skin irritation, especially for sensitive skin.
Preservatives of some kind are also used when they are being shipped, the reason being to prevent mold from growing on them. You’ll agree with me that these preservatives might not be skin-friendly. Giving your newly purchased clothes a wash could get rid of them.
Speaking of contacting an infection from clothes, experts say the chances are very slim. One could easily get infection through some other acts than putting on each other’s wears. Mind you, the chances are VERY SLIM, prevention is better than cure oh!
Washing your new clothes can save you from skin infection, maybe not because it’s been worn by some random strangers, but mainly because of the dyes, chemicals and preservatives that have been used in the process of making and shipping down the clothes. But the picture of a sweaty person trying the clothes on keeps coming to mind, this alone will make me start washing new clothes.
Do you wash your newly purchased clothes before putting them on? Have you ever contacted some kind of infection through clothes?