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Three Main Reasons Why You Should Wash New Clothes Before Wearing Them

  • February 7, 2022
  • HobyClean Customer Service
Beautiful young woman holding a hanger with a new dress in the fashion store

Almost everyone loves having some new clothes, and most women wouldn’t hesitate at the chance of treating themselves to a piece or two, perhaps, even more, every month. They just love having plenty of choices and then stare at their closet to say, “I don’t have what to wear” when invited, oftentimes for an impromptu outing.

Let’s face it, new clothes are always “perfect”. The colors are bright, the lines are crisp, and the embellishments pristine. So why would you even wash them and risk changing the fresh new look before you even get a chance to wear them? Well, here are the three main reasons why you should was new clothes especially pieces like underwear or t-shirts and shorts before wearing them.

Bacteria, Fungus, and Insects

Did you know that some new clothes are tried on by other people, who, for whatever reason end not buying them? Perhaps they didn’t fit perfectly or didn’t look good on them in the mirror. 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. So why take that risk of catching any these?

Loose Dye Transfer

One reason to wash new clothes is to remove that extra dye that can be transferred to your skin or other garments. For example, no man would want a navy blue dye shade transferred to their bright white vest or undershirt. But also, 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.

Chemical Irritants

This is probably the most important reason of them all; new clothes should be washed to remove the chemical finishes like Urea-formaldehyde that manufacturers put on clothes to enhance texture and reduce wrinkles. 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 short 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 all over the world. 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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