Best to Wash That New Outfit before Wearing!

You’ve found the perfect outfit and plan on wearing it as soon as you get home. Unfortunately, that may not be the healthiest, or even the most sanitary thing 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 unwanted guests from finding a new home.

Potentially Dangerous Chemicals Can Be On New 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. Shiny finishes can also be a potential irritant for those with sensitive skin!

Even natural fibers can have potentially dangerous chemicals on them such as PFC’s (Perfluorinated compounds).  PFCs are a large group of manufactured compounds that are widely used to make everyday products more resistant to stains, grease, and water. PFC’s are highly toxic to humans, animals, and are commonly found in “stainless” clothing.