Many people are so excited about new clothes they want to wear them right after buying them. However, this habit can cause many unexpected hazards.
Philip Tierno, a professor of microbiology and pathology at the University of New York, conducted experiments on a variety of clothes from affordable and high-end fashion stores. The clothes included bath robes, pants, underwear, etc. He found many types of bacteria in these clothes including norovirus (a virus that can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, etc.), streptococcus, staphylococcus, and even bacteria from faeces, according to Huffington Post.
Professor Tierno emphasised that the risk of infection from unwashed new clothes was very low, but it was still quite possible. Germs spread through skin contact, the respiratory system and anus. If you touch dirty clothes and then touch your mouth, eyes, or nose, you face the risk of infection, especially if your skin is scratched or hurt.
In addition, chemicals and dyes in new clothes can cause skin irritation. Dermatologist Meghan Feely always reminds his patients to wash their new clothes before wearing them. Washing partly dilutes chemicals in fabrics. If your skin is still irritated by new clothes after washing them, stop using them.
Clothes in shops can be tried dozens of times a day, and before being put on the shelf, they go through many places, such as fabric and sewing workshops, so washing before wearing them is very necessary.