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New Clothes or Linens? Wash First, Use Second & Why

Added January 29, 2016, Under: Children's Health, Health, New Moms, Parents, Skin Conditions

Happy friends shopping. Two beautiful young women enjoying shopping at shopping mall

You have bought a brand new top or pair of jeans on your shopping trip and just in time to wear for a special event the same day.

But do you rip off the labels and get dressed immediately or do you stop to wash and dry your new purchases first?

You can put yourself at risk if you do not wash them first

And it is not only your personal clothing but actually anything you buy made of fabric.

Top of the list of reasons is that the clothing dye (toxic azo-aniline dyes) or traces of formaldehyde (commonly found in many articles of factory-made clothing) can often have severe impacts on human skin. Urea formaldehyde resins are used to prevent cotton-polyester blends from wrinkling and to limit mildew.

Items of clothing are often stitched, dyed, and sent out from various countries, each with different chemical use laws. Clothes containing such common ingredients can cause skin irritation.

What can happen to your skin?

Two forms of eczema can result.

Both allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis can be caused by wearing fabrics containing the anti-wrinkle chemical. The conditions come with the symptoms of flaky skin and rashes.

Humidity is another factor

Many factories pack chemical satchels into the clothes packaging to absorb moisture during the shipping process and to prevent fungus from growing. Fortunately, there has been some further regulations and one particular chemical type is no longer widely used because it was found to cause severe allergic reactions on the skin. But that is not to say that there are not still problem chemicals.

There are other reasons too

These are to do with the fact that new clothes get tried on by other would-be buyers in the stores and even by people at home when they order online and then return the goods back to the clothing company.

There are certain infectious diseases that can be passed on through clothing. These include body lice and scabies. Lice are parasitic insects that feed on human blood and can infest the head, body, and pubic area. There are three types of lice that infest humans: body louse (Pediculus humanus corporis), head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) and pubic louse (Pthirus pubis). Scabies is an itchy, highly contagious skin disease caused by an infestation by the itch miteSarcoptes scabiei.

Something else to make you think is a news report where a doctor tested items of clothing from three popular clothing stores. He found respiratory secretions, skin flora, fecal matter, vaginal secretions, yeast and extremely high counts of germs.  Not pleasant at all.

Whether it is for yourself, your children or your unborn child, it really makes good sense to wash those new clothes before they are worn, not forgetting to do the same with new sheets, towels and other linens.

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