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Old 06-25-2019, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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There's sizing (make the material stiffer so it is easier to work with) and who knows what other chemicals were used in manufacturing - just wash them! Being in a closed package doesn't mean they are "clean".
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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There's sizing (make the material stiffer so it is easier to work with) and who knows what other chemicals were used in manufacturing - just wash them! Being in a closed package doesn't mean they are "clean".
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Old 06-25-2019, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Deep In The Heart of Texas
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I might if I had my own washer and dryer. I have to go to the laundromat so I only wash what I have to wash. Also I rather like the feel and look of new materials.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I once had to handle a case for someone who put on a new pair of sweatpants without washing them first, and then wore them for several days straight. I'm very sorry that this thread triggered my memory of those photos, because I had almost managed to forget them.

I wash everything before wearing or using, to get rid of the sizing and anything else that may be on it. I would never use a new dish or utensil or cooking pot without washing either.
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Old 06-25-2019, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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^^^^So what happened to the person with the sweatpants? What did the photos show?

I got a laugh when I thought about this question because my brother and his wife (20 and 21 years old at the time) got new sheets as a wedding gift and put them right onto their bed the night before leaving for their honeymoon, without washing them first. The sheets were a beautiful midnight blue color. They had an "active" wedding night and got very hot and sweaty. The next day they woke up and found that the blue dye in the sheets had bled onto their skin and they had to go on their beach vacation with huge blue dye splotches all over their bodies. LOL
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Old 06-25-2019, 12:28 PM
 
Location: OHIO
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eh, I never have. I don't think it's a bad idea to do, though
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Old 06-25-2019, 02:09 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I always wash sheets, mattress pads and blankets before using them. I don't wash comforters, since those are often bulky and fragile or made from fabric that has to be dry cleaned.

I also wash clothes before wearing them. My one exception to this is socks, because socks feel so nice fresh out of the package and they'll never feel as fluffy after they're washed. For my daughter with eczema, we wash everything in her safe laundry soap before she can wear it, even socks.
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Old 06-25-2019, 02:28 PM
 
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I, too, wash everything new before I wear it or use it. Many times I can smell the packaging or the dyes or the chemicals used in manufacturing and shipping. I have many and varied allergies/sensitivities to just about everything. Either the smells will set me off or contact will make me itch, breakout, or get a rash, or worse. Who knows where these items have been? I'm not taking any chances. I suppose if I weren't a hot-house flower I'd be more cavalier about it, but I am who I am, warts and all.
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Old 06-25-2019, 02:44 PM
 
Location: equator
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Along the same lines, do you wash the interior of a new car? To get rid of that new car smell, and the thought of all the grubby hands who've handled it before it gets to you?
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Old 06-25-2019, 02:48 PM
 
Location: NYC
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You should wash them...
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