Why you should wash your clothes before wearing them

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New outfit doesn’t mean ready-to-wear

You have just gone shopping and bought some new clothes you really like. You can’t wait to show everyone that new outfit, but have you thought about washing it first?

People often think that buying new clothes means that they are perfect and ready-to-wear, but that’s not always the truth. Here’s why.

Watch the extra dye

Most fabrics nowadays are made from synthetic fibers such as polyester and acrylic that get their color from azo-aniline dyes. Sometimes new garments can present some extra dye on them, which can be transferred to your skin making it dry or itchy and, in worst case, causing severe reactions such as rashes. So it’s always a good idea to let your new clothes have a ride in the washing machine before you put them on.

You’re not the first to try it on

When buying a new piece of clothing from a store, you may think that only a few people have tried it on before you. Well, the number of customers who have worn it might actually be a lot higher. Just think about clothes laying on shelves where customers can interact with them, or items that get returned after being purchased. Of course it can vary depending on many factors, such as the size of the store and the speed at which an item sells. But do you really want to take the risk of getting exposed to all those germs and bacteria?

Get rid of those chemical leftovers

Garments are often treated with substances than enhance some of their properties, such as color or texture. Urea-formaldehyde is usually used to preserve clothes that have to be shipped long distances laying in hot and humid containers and therefore risking the mildew to form on them. These chemicals are not particularly dangerous, but they could affect those who have sensitive skin causing rashes in areas that get constant contact such as armpits, collars, cuffs and trousers waists and thighs.

After reading this, you will probably want to go and give all your items a nice wash with a strong sanitizer. Well, no need to worry. Hoover’s H-WASH 500 features a specific hygiene cycle designed to remove allergens and bacteria from your laundry. The washing temperature is increased up to 60°C for a prolonged time and the rinsing phase at the end of the cycle is extended to ensure the best hygiene and care for your wardrobe. Check out the whole range!

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