• Ivonne Oquendo

Why you need to wash new clothes before wearing them.

Shopping for new clothes can be fun and exciting but, have you ever worn a new garment and gotten a red itchy rash somewhere in your body a few hours later? Perhaps you wear a brand new shirt and get a headache, or even experience trouble breathing but can’t figure out why?

Chemicals in your new clothes can make you ill. Neurological symptoms and red skin patches are also some symptoms you might experience after exposure to a new chemically treated garment. Harmful chemicals often used in new clothes for finishing purposes and to avoid mildew include formaldehyde, caustic soda, sulfuric acid, bromines, urea resins, sulfonamides, halogens, and bromines. Some imported clothes are now impregnated with long-lasting disinfectants which are very hard to remove and incredibly detrimental to your health. These harmful chemicals can also cause cancer. Washing your new clothes before wearing them is a must, especially if you have children.

Use a combination of 1/4 cup borax with hot water to dissolve, then add 1/4 cup baking soda. Mix well and add to your laundry using the longest wash cycle possible plus an extra rinse cycle. If you feel the chemicals are still present wash them with the above solution more than once.

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