For most of us, wearing a new purchase while it’s still shop-fresh is a big part of the thrill of buying it in the first place.
However, according to one textile expert, not washing clothes after you’ve bought them leaves us wide open to both other people’s germs and a whole host of chemicals.
Experts warn that not putting new clothes through the washing machine straight after you’ve bought them puts your skin a little too close to the harsh factory processes that items often undergo before they reach retailers.
Although entirely new garment looks clean, the reality is that they are not immediately reach from the production to the store. They were touched by a lot of people. This means that it was a thousand hands on your new garment. This does not include all potential customers who have tried the garment before you.
It turns out that this could be so bad that the infection is transmitted through the garment, as well as the lice!
‘Most of the chemicals used in dyeing fabric and putting finishes on yarns that allow them to be processed through spinning equipment are known irritants.’
Chemicals routinely used in the manufacture of new clothes include Formaldehyde resin and azo-aniline dyes.
Many synthetic fabrics get their hues from the azo-aniline dyes, which can cause a severe skin reaction in those who are allergic.
Formaldehyde resin is a colourless gas that is applied to some clothes to stop them from wrinkling and reduce the chance of mildew developing.
But it is also linked to skin irritation and allergic reactions, while some scientists even believe it can raise the risk of cancer.
Textiles are also sprayed with products and to make yarns fit into weaving machines, the fibres are often flattened with more chemicals.
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