An expert in the textile world argues why we should do, especially in some particular garments.

You just buy funny shirts for women or leggings, and you’re dying to wear. And you want to do and, without washing, because a voice in your head says, “Maybe other people have tried before me because he is so sweet … But it is not necessary to wash immediately right is so firmly attached? So new in their original packaging without a wrinkle and wrapped with tissue paper. Waiting for me and put it “.

Before you put the new garment and go out, you should hear another voice, that of Lana Hogue, an expert in making clothes that teach in Garment Industry 411. “No doubt, you should wash new clothes before you wear it, especially which comes into contact with skin or sweat, “said Hogue. Although it is possible that the terms of people who have been tested do not affect clothing, chemicals containing clothes should make you reconsider.

As Hogue account, all tissues or dyed fibers require chemicals to make them beautiful skirts or tops. Unfortunately, these chemicals can have side effects such as contact dermatitis or rashes that appear where these products come into contact with the skin. “It is known that most of the chemicals used to dye fabrics and to process in weaving machines, irritate the skin.”

According to Hogue, material manufacturers use these chemicals without. “Many people believe that clothing is treated with chemicals,” he explains. But it is not necessarily the clothes in question, but the tissues. In most retail environments, finished garments are exposed to moisture. To prevent mildew growth, the tissue was previously sprayed with an anti-rust agent, as well as chemicals that facilitate tissue processing in fabric machinery. To make the dye adhere to the fiber, and get those shirts and those shorts blue or bright red that we love, a chemical treatment is also required. Even natural fibers need chemicals.

Anyone who has noticed the clothing tags can see that the clothes come from almost everyone and that the fabrics and embellishments are sewn and dyed in different countries, each of which has a different use legislation of chemical components. Ingredients such as resins based on azo-aniline and formaldehyde are quite common and can irritate the skin. “Formaldehyde is a carcinogen Category 3, which is the lowest risk, and the amount used is so small that it is assumed that no threat. But still, who wants to expose consciously, again and again, Hogue? Asks carcinogenic components. Something more alarming was the result of a study by the Government Accountability Office of the United States in 2010 which highlighted that some fabrics on sale in the country exceeded permitted levels resin formaldehyde.

Donald Belsito, professor of dermatology at the Medical Center in New York, part of the University of Columbia, told The Wall Street Journal that both the facilities where it is manufactured to the testers store are places that represent a propitious environment for bacteria, lice, and fungi, because there is no way to track the garment and who he has tried before you. “I’ve seen cases of spread of lice that possibly occurred to try on a garment in the store, and there are certain infectious diseases that can be transmitted through clothing,” said the WSJ.

Luckily, wash the clothes before premiering can significantly reduce the likelihood of eruptions appear, of the spread of lice or be exposed to some undesirable chemicals. Pay close attention to anything that comes into contact with skin or sweat, as with summer clothes. According Hogue is washed:

-women’s interior
-Summer dresses
-men’s Bathroom that you will not use the water immediately

“If you’re going to use it outside the home and the heat makes you sweat, wash” advises Hogue. “Sudar opens pores and enables the skin to absorb the chemicals in clothing.” There are some types of garments which, according to Hogue, you can omit the prewash:

-men’s Bathroom when you’re going to get into the water immediately after putting them (which should be sufficient to eliminate anything too caustic, according to Hogue)
-men’s Party (not going to wash your prom dress)
-bed Coat, which does not contact directly with skin

“If you have a jacket custom made, you will not want to wash it,” he says. “It will not come into contact with the skin and will not irritate it.” Hogue also recommends not bother to take to the cleaners everything that is marked with the recommendation “dry cleaning.” “Dry cleaning involves the use of chemicals that adhere to the tissue during the cleaning process, so I recommend aerating the clothes before wearing them.”

In short, it’s worth spending a little time washing your new clothes rather than wear it immediately to show off at the bar or in the gym. It is a small price to pay if you do not want to expose you to unknown chemicals or show off a new rash that matches your clothes.