Do you wash your new clothes before wearing them?

I don’t want to gross you out, but I think you should know about this. Last year I came upon an article titled “Why You Should Wash New Clothes Before Wearing” by Social Vibe which shocked me and made me cringe. Whenever I bought new clothes, I couldn’t wait to put them on and would hate to wash them because they’d lose that new and fresh feel, look, and smell. It looks as though not washing my clothes right away was a health risk. Good Morning America conducted an experiment to find out just how clean clothes are right off the rack. They bought 14 new clothing items including blouses, pants, and underwear. The retail stores they went to ranged from high-end to low-end stores from three popular chain clothing stores in the US. They gave these clothing items to Dr. Philip Tierno, director of microbiology and immunology at New York University, to test them for germs. What he found was troublesome, to say the least. Many of the pieces contained bacteria such as traces of feces, skin flora, respiratory secretions, vaginal organisms, and yeast!

The problem is that so many people try on clothes in the store and often times when clothing is returned it goes right back on the rack. Dr. Philip Tierno suggested “washing your new clothes or running them through one cycle in a hot dryer before wearing them. He also suggested wearing clothes underneath while trying on new clothes and washing your hands after shopping.”

Do you wash your new clothes before wearing them? Did you ever think clothing in stores could be so contaminated? If you didn’t before, are you going to wash your clothes after purchasing now? This makes me feel better about buying clothes online…

  • Misty :)

    This just makes me cringe at the thought of it! I am definitely going to start washing ALL of my new clothing when I purchase them now. It makes you wonder how some of the germs get onto the clothing when people take them home! Thanks for sharing! This definitely makes you question and wonder about these things! And will make people think twice before they wear them the first time without washing them!

  • Brandi {not your average ordinary}

    Oh my golly! This is so good to know, but I’m so grossed out now! I definitely will be thoroughly washing all my new clothes before I wear them from now on.

  • Alena {Oh, It’s Just Perfect!}

    I’m too scared to read the article, but I think I will just wash my new clothes from now on! :)

  • Haylee

    Wow. Seriously I don’t think I have ever washed my brand new clothes. I’m definitely going to now though. Fecal flora? NASTY.

  • Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels

    Ewwww, that is SO gross! Ok, from now on, my new clothes will go in the laundry *sigh*

  • Angel @ | 77inspire |

    ekkkkkkk thats so gross but im glad you shared!!!!!!!!! washing from now on!!!!!!

  • Lindsay @ Our View From Wien

    Oh my google, Eva! This is crazy! I’m like you in that I’m so excited to wear my new clothes that I usually don’t wash them first, but NOT ANYMORE! From now on clothes are being washed before I wear them, no question. Thanks for the information.

  • Christy

    I used to not always wash my clothes then my mom reminded me of this, and also said a lot of the clothes from from foreign countries have formaldehyde on them. Don’t know if that’s true but I def wash my new clothes now!!