Why You Should Wash New Clothes Before Wearing Them – WRAL.com

Lets talk dirty clothes, that is. Did you know that new clothes are actually much dirtier than they actually appear? Yes, experts are now saying that we should all be washing our new clothes before we wear them.

Why? Oh, no reason, really except for LICE and SCABIES. You know, the parasitic insects that feed on human blood, and that skin infestationcaused by the human itch mite.


Yes, dermatologists are scaring us straight by revealing that our new flannels or jeans may actually be carrying some pretty nasty bugs.


I have seen cases of lice that were possibly transmitted from trying on in the store, and there are certain infectious diseases that can be passed on through clothing, Dr. Donald Belsito, professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center, told the Wall Street Journal. The other infestation Ive seen from clothing is scabies.

Okay, now were feeling itchy.

And thats not all. Your new clothes might also have been treated with potent chemicals like urea-formaldehyde resin. Urea is a main component in urine, generally made synthetically for use as a coating. Combined with formaldehyde, a natural preservative that can be dangerous in very large doses, this helps clothes to stay wrinkle-free and fresh-looking during transit and while hanging in clothing stores for weeks or months.

But these chemicals can irritate your skin if you dont wash your new clothing before wearing them. While the risk may be low, its definitely worth considering, particularly if you or your family have sensitive skin or are prone to contact dermatitis.

What about COVID-19 and the risk of the virus being transmitted on fabric?

The good news is that you probably wont get COVID-19 from wearing a new sweater before washing it. COVID-19 germs only hang on around on fabric for two days or less. But, that being said, its worth giving new clothes a wash if you want to be extra-cautious. You never know how many times the item of clothing might have been tried on, or trampled on, or sneezed on or handled by various customers and staff members before you came along to buy it.

If youre concerned that your clothing may have been exposed to COVID-19, the best way to get rid of the virus is to wash any exposed clothing on heated cycles, division director of infectious disease at JFK Medical Center Dr. John Sensakovic told Hackensack Meridian Health.

However, other viruses and germs can be spread through clothing. Cloth isnt the most transmissible medium, fortunately, but droplets containing cold and flu viruses can remain infectious for several hours.


So, do yourself a favor and give your new duds a run through the washer before you add them to your closet.

If we havent convinced you yet, lets end on this note: BED BUGS. Yes, bed bugs can travel on clothing, and retail stores do sometimes struggle with bed bug infestations. So, to reiterate: Lice, scabies, COVID-19, bed bugs um, excuse us, we need to go do a quick load of laundry.

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