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…