Buying New Clothes? Here’s Why You Must Wash Them Immediately After You Buy

We have all been there, you’re in the changing room at one of your favorite clothing stores and you finally have a piece that you look amazing in!

Why, SO amazing that you might just walk out of the store wearing it, or at the very least you will go home, hang it in your closet, and wear it within the week!

Unfortunately, this may not be the healthiest thing, or even the most sanitary, to do. In fact, when you don’t wash your clothes after buying them you just may be getting a little more than you bargained for. That’s right; it’s time to air the clothing industry’s “dirty laundry” so to speak, and find out how you can keep an eye out for your health when getting new clothes!

Clothes on rack and table in store

Potentially dangerous chemicals can still be on clothes

In the hopes of “preventing” bacteria or mildew from growing on clothes and to prevent wrinkles, often formaldehyde resin (you know that chemical they use to preserve bodies for funerals?) is applied.

Additionally, many synthetic fabrics get their colors from azo-aniline dyes which can cause a severe rash if worn by a person who is allergic to them. Even shiny finishes can be a potential irritant for those with sensitive skin!

Even natural fibres can still have potentially dangerous chemicals on them (avoid “PFC’s”)

100% natural cotton may still retain all the pesticides and residual chemicals from treatments unless it is organic.

Anything that is engineered to be “shrink proof” or “stainless” (Perfluorinated compunds or PFC’s are highly toxic to humans, animals, and are commonly found in “stainless” clothing) will have had some form of chemical throughout its process that got it into the store via the industry’s specifications.

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