Report: Freshly Purchased Clothing Could Make You Sick
Take the time to put your new duds through the washer first, ladies!
While many of us are guilty of sporting a seemingly new outfit directly after purchasing it, experts tell Good Morning America that washing clothes prior to wearing them is the only way to be certain that the garments are 100 percent sanitary.
“The customer probably gets the wool pulled over their eyes. … A lot of people just come home and if it has a tag attached, they think it’s brand new and they wear it,” explained Tori Patrick, a former retail saleswoman. “You really never know where it’s been.”
GMA asked Dr. Philip Tierno, director of microbiology and immunology at New York University, to test 14 items for traces of bacteria, and the findings were rather unsettling.
Tierno discovered everything from feces, to skin flora, to yeast on jackets, blouses and pants.
“Some garments were grossly contaminated with many organisms … indicating that either many people tried it or … someone tried it on with heavy contamination,” he revealed. “In a sense, you are touching somebody’s arm pit or groin. So you want to be protected that’s all. You may not come down with anything and, most cases you don’t, but it’s potentially possible.” (ABC News)