If you’re like me, you always want to wear a new top or pair of jeans the second it’s in your possession. However, according to Donald Belsito, professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center with a specialty in contact dermatitis, you should wash new clothes before putting them on your body. He tells the WSJ, “In terms of hygiene, it’s a very good thing to do.”
Unless you know for sure where and how exactly a clothing item was made, allergens, lice and humidity within fabric are all factors to consider. Dr. Belsito advises all his patients to wash their new clothes, maybe more than once, before wearing. “Being a dermatologist, I’ve seen examples of some strange stuff, so I don’t take any chances,” he says.