Yes, it sounds crazy, but it’s important to wash new clothing before you wear it for the first time. The reason is that no matter the material the clothing is made with, there’s a very good chance there is excess chemical dye that can transfer from the clothing to your skin. Synthetic fibers have the most toxic dyes; they can cause rashes and skin irritation, as well as trigger other allergies. Most new articles of clothing also have chemical finishes, which are added to enhance colors and textures. Wash these out so they don’t irritate your skin.
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