By Staff Writer: Ed Barillas
Growing up I would try to see how long I could go with wearing the same brand new pair of pants or shirt to show off that new clothes smell. Believe it or not most people rarely if ever wash their new clothes before putting them on since everyone figures that they are off the rack and what germs could possibly be on them since they are brand new. Many are duped into thinking that it is perfectly safe to wear new clothes without washing them. A recent TV show sent investigators to buy new clothes from a variety of different stores and had the clothes sent to a laboratory to be analyzed for bacteria. They soon discovered that the shirts had fecal flora, respiratory secretions, feces and other gross discoveries. The worst possible discovery is that they discovered vaginal organisms and more fecal germs on women’s blouses. Many other garments were incredibly contaminated indicating that either many people had tried them on or someone who was heavily contaminated tried them on and in a certain type of sense you are literary touching someone elses armpits and groin. Now keep in mind were the majority of clothes comes from in your part of the world. If you live in the states then you are coming in contact with Latinos bodies. Maybe someone really wants you to get sick as I cannot think of any logical reason as to why people would try on clothes that have just been manufactured, can you? How about just trying on new clothes?
Also many clothe manufacturers treat their clothes with chemicals to prevent mildewing and wrinkling. Washing them will also get rid of any extra dye that could come off and damage your sensitive skin. Babies especially should be taken extra precaution with as their skin is extra sensitive and all their new clothes should be washed a few times if you ask me before you make them wear them. Washing them will also get rid of the extra chemicals that are used to make them look better when they are on the rack for days, weeks months and even years at a time. Many manufacturers use formaldehyde to treat clothes that must be shipped overseas to also prevent mildew in the hot and humid conditions that they are kept in and this formaldehyde based resins give off a pungent scent until they are washed and sometimes this smell is what people associate with new clothes and that new clothe smell.
All said and done be smart and wash your new clothes before washing and save yourself a mountain of sickness later.