Thursday, January 7, 2010

How Clean Are Your New Clothes?

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So... I'm usually pretty conscious of this when trying on/buying clothes anyway... but this video (click on link below) shows some actual testing to determine: how clean might those clothes be that are hanging on the racks?

Now, we all know germs are everywhere - so of course they are in clothing stores - but here is another good reason to wash before wearing:

'GMA' Found New Clothes Aren't as Clean as You Might Think - ABC News



  1. Wow....thanks for posting this. I will definitely be washing all of my clothes now before I wear them for the first time.

  2. I don't want to find out, being that half of the clothes out there are dryclean only! Scary!

  3. Hi there! Sorry, I haven't commented on your blog in a while now. I've been away for the past month and a half, visiting my family back home.

    Thanks for posting this link. I've always been told by my husband that I am being a bit paranoid about this issue (not buying things off the rack or display). But I can say that 90% of the time when I purchase an item, I ask the SA to bring out the new one from the stockroom. If they don't have one and the only one left is on the display, I just don't buy it. It might sound silly, but there it is.

    Washing an item is a must for me before I wear it. But getting an item that has not been tried by anyone else and is completely "fresh" is even better.

  4. Amanda - me too!
    Ema - I know! I hand wash A LOT of dry clean items or use dryel... I had a bad reaction to the chemicals from a drycleaned item once & I try to stay away from drycleaners (except Hubby's laundered shirts of course) :)
    Mona P - welcome back! I think your inclination has some scientific evidence to back it up now! :)
    EntertainingMom - my thoughts exactly.

  5. Thanks for sharing. I am so grossed out that I'm looking in my closet for anything that I bought and have not washed yet.