Do you wash your new clothes?

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I always wash my new stuff - clothes,linens, dishes, if it's new it's getting washed. I don't know where it's been before I picked it up. I don't know who may have tried it on or touched it.

Tara - posted on 11/11/2010




Where's the disturbing button?
That's so.... Ewww.....
I have always washed my new stuff especially clothing, most of it was made overseas and for me that just means that there might be some other germs that aren't native to Canada and my neck of the woods, so in the interest of national security I wash and I wash well. lol
But seriously there isn't any reason that one day some super flu couldn't hitch a ride from Thailand in a package of Fruit Of The Loom tighty whities.
I also wash all my fruits, and dishes, pots, utensils etc.

Morgan - posted on 11/09/2010




I always wash underwear and bras but thats it, my great grandmother told me not to wash my daughters colthes before she wore them because it would give her sensitive skin, so I never have.

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I wash all my son's clothes before he wears them. Underwear ALWAYS and shirts most of the time. I don't usually wash jeans right away though.

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Cathy yeah I'm not sure about this woman either, there was a lot of blood and not just in the crotch. If I did have to go clothes shopping during my period and I got blood on the clothes I would buy them, and I would insist on bagging them myself. Some people are truely gross!

LaCi - posted on 11/09/2010




I buy my clothes online, when they come from the factory in their little sealed baggies I'm not too worried about stains, bacteria, etc. I'm not terribly worried about chemicals.

I AM worried about bedbugs. I'm not going to lie. I throw everything in the dryer on high, then I wash it and dry it again. I'm in the bedbug panic. So far, I haven't heard of massive bedbug attacks in indiana or kentucky, but they have made it to ohio so its only a matter of time. My neighbor just threw out a bed and a ridiculous amount of boxes and all I can think is *oh my god she has bedbugs! seal the fortress!*

Becky - posted on 11/08/2010




For my kids yes. For me, no. But after this, maybe I will! Although I hardly ever get new clothes anyways!

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I always wash my daughters new clothes first but I NEVER wash my own clothes first LOL. And I already knew about the formaldehyde. So I'm just either lazy or crazy....or probably both :)

Stifler's - posted on 11/08/2010




That's so gross I'd be too embarrassed to try on stuff if I had my period let alone hand it back to the people. People have some nerve.

Rosie - posted on 11/08/2010




most things i wash. def. underwear, and kids stuff. other things not too often, unless i get a hair up my butt to do more laundry than normal, lol!

Jenn - posted on 11/08/2010




New clothes? What are those? LOL But seriously though, no, I don't usually wash things before we wear them. Will this change my mind? Not likely.

Chrystal - posted on 11/08/2010




I wash my daughter's new clothes, because she has eczema and all of those dyes and perfumes are not good for her.

Stifler's - posted on 11/08/2010




I like new clothes smell lol I wish they made washing powder with that smell just like new car smell

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I can't really describe it but I hate it. Generally I find only clothes from sealed cellophane have it (so most of my clothes don't) but hubby has shirts in the packs and they stink!

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I wash all my son's clothes before he wears them (except the stuff the SIL's gave me because they are clean and were washed) but for me I only wash undies and clothes that smell like new clothes because that smell turns my stomach.

Is it only me that thinks that article may be exagerating a little because surely if this were the case all people who worked with clothes in stores and factories would have a higher risk of cancer. I have worked in a clothes store and have many friends who have as well and in my humble opinion the workers are no more suseptible to cancer than the rest of society.

As for the bodily fluid thing, I once had to right off a pair of jwhite linen trousers because a lady had tried them on during that time of the month and got blood on them then placed them back on the rack (dirty cow).

Leah - posted on 11/07/2010




I'm a bad mommy and usually don't wash things new. Except my husbands new clothes b/c he say's he can't stand the smell of new clothes and won't wear them until I do. But for sure now I will start to wash them, can't be too safe!
Jenny, I AM SO JEALOUS! Love your new washer. Need to convince my husband to buy me a new one for Christmas, but hard to convince someone that never does laundry that we need a new laundry machine ;D

Katherine - posted on 11/07/2010




Good question Emma. Because really dry cleaning PROBABLY wouldn't get the chemicals out, just add more.

Bonnie - posted on 11/07/2010




I wash all the kids clothes before they wear them. I was all my underwear and bras before wearing them. Everything else I wear, only sometimes I wash before I wear them.

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I found this article about why formaldehyde is in clothes and what it does.
Evidently washing doesn't make it come out completely. I'm lazy and the only thing I wash before wearing is underwear. Still not scared though because we don't know the levels of it in the clothes. Lower levels aren't toxic. I guess we should all just avoid buying clothes from Eastern Europe and China.

Corinne - posted on 11/07/2010




YES,YES,YES! My husband doesn't get it, and had a big sulk when I shouted at him for taking a romper straight out of the pack to dress our son when he was 3months old. Yuck!

Jessica - posted on 11/07/2010




I usually do, so they smell good. Formaldehyde is an added incentive!

That washer is nice! Jealous! It takes me days to do our laundry because our washer and dryer (came with the house, they're in the kitchen) are so small, and you have to run things through the dryer at least 2-3 times before they're dry. I have a nice big washer downstairs, with a bigger dryer too- but we don't have electricity in our basement so they aren't hooked up :(

Charlie - posted on 11/06/2010





I only wash my undies because im scared someone in China sneezed into the crotch of my panties and i would catch some kinda weird panty flu haha.

Jennifer - posted on 11/06/2010




ever since i was very little my mother reminded me of the importance of washing new clothes, especially underwear, before wearing them because (this seriously is what she would tell me) "an unbathed indonesian probably danced around in it before packaging it and nothing is worse than indonesian crabs."

i guess indonesian crabs aren't the only thing to worry about hahah yuck

Katherine - posted on 11/06/2010




Is it the big wirlpool where you can fit 16 pair of jeans? I love those!!! It's like 3 loads of laundry in one.

Julie - posted on 11/06/2010




I wash ALL my son's clothing before he wears it. When it comes to mine, I wash the intimate stuff, but not usually sweatshirts, sweaters or pants.

Jenny - posted on 11/06/2010




I didn't use to but I have a new washer and dryer so I wash everything now cause I like it. I need help.

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Prior to reading that article, I would wash pants and underwear before wearing but rarely do I ever wash a shirt first. That will probably change now. Great, one more thing to give us cancer.

Krista - posted on 11/06/2010




Outerwear, no. Jeans? Not always. If I'm buying something in an emergency because I've ripped or stained my existing outfit, then obviously not.

Everything else? Yup. I wash it.

Especially after this one time when I opened up a sealed package of new dishcloths, and a Chinese cigarette butt fell out when I unfolded one.

I shit you not.

Caitlin - posted on 11/06/2010




I always wash them before I wear them.. They make me itchy if I don't..

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