Yes, we know the feeling after buying a super cute dress! The first thing you’d want to do is put it on and head out. Obviously it’s hard to contain the excitement for anyone who’s bought something new. Nevertheless, patience is a virtue in this case. New clothes that are bought from stores needs to be washed thoroughly first before you can wear them. This is because, as new and clean as it looks, they’re not even close to being uncontaminated. Here’s why you should always throw them in the washer right away!
Trying it on
This is pretty obvious. A lot of people have touched the item of clothing in the store and there were probably a couple of people before you who tried it on. Therefore, you can never trust them to be clean as it gets covered with other people’s sweat and bacteria. Apart from that, clothes might be laying on the dirty and dusty floor while people try them out in the changing room.
Treated with chemicals
This is the biggest reason why you should immediately wash new clothes! The clothes that come out from the manufacturer’s factory are treated with chemicals to prevent them from creasing easily and look new, even after several months. It also helps to keep out vermin on board the ship or the truck used to transport the clothes. These chemicals can cause bad irritation to your skin!
If you have sensitive skin, you’re more prone to get rashes and spots after wearing new clothes as they could contain formaldehyde. If you catch a chemical smell on new clothes, it’s probably that! If you’re trying on clothes , be sure to not have them in contact with your skin for a long time.
Children’s skin are more sensitive than us adults. Be sure to wash your children’s new clothes before they’re in contact with them, because their delicate skin might not do well with the chemicals.