Come home. Open your shopping bags. Rip off the tag. Put it on.
When you buy something that you love, there’s no better feeling than putting it on, straight out of the bag. BUT, you might be putting on more than just your new favorite t-shirt. Expert in dermatology Donald Belsito of Columbia University Medical Center told the Wall Street Journal that there might be some additional unwanted “things” that you’re putting on when you wear new, unwashed clothing.
Belsito explains that although a garment says “Made In” one country, it may have been treated with dyes in another, and stitched in a third, so you really don’t know where your clothes have been! Also, he reveals that he has discovered bacteria and strains of lice that originated in the store. He writes, “I have seen cases of lice that were possibly transmitted from trying on in the store, and there are certain infectious diseases that can be passed on through clothing.”
So, to avoid skin irritation, contact dermatitis, or other bacteria, it’s probably a good idea to give your new items a precautionary wash before you wear them out. Better be safe than sorry, right?