Buying something new and washing it.

@jillhill (37399)
United States
September 12, 2007 8:36am CST
When you buy something new like towels, sheets or clothing, do you wash them before you wear or use them? My friend will not use anything before she washes it.....I on the other hand do wash somethings but others like rugs and towels I don't necessarily wash before using. What do you do?
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@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
12 Sep 07
I wash sheets and towels when they are new becasue they soften them up. I don't usually wash clothing when it is new. On the other hand, my husband will not wear new clothing until it is washed. I guess it is all personal preference.
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@jillhill (37399)
• United States
12 Sep 07
I can see the sheets. The towels I have in the bathroom are just for looks so I haven't wanted to wash away the new color.....LOL....my friend won't use anything unless it's washed. Thanks for sharing!
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@AmbiePam (46874)
• United States
12 Sep 07
I forgot about sheets. Yeah, those and comforters too.
@KarenLO (238)
• United States
12 Sep 07
I wash anything that isn't packaged that will touch my personal areas..otherwise outside clothing, rugs, etc...I use them hoping that someone dirty hasn't handled them.
@jillhill (37399)
• United States
12 Sep 07
Right. I think for that too sometimes...wondering who touched it. But rugs etc. I think are fine as all you do is walk on them....sheets....clothes you never know who touched them.
• Australia
13 Sep 07
I was just wondering this the other day, when i was sorting through baby clothes to wash for the new baby. Half of them are brand new and i was thinking, "why do i need to wash perfectly clean clothes?" A friend answered this when i asked her, and she said that we have no idea what the warehouse or factory was like, where the clothes were made. Wedon't know if rats have been walking through them, or bugs or spiders. I thought that was a good point. So i wash baby clothes before they wear them, just to be on the safe side, as baby's have very gentle skin. But i do not wash clothes before i wear them, neither with sheets or towels. Unless of course they are for the baby. Once my toddler got given some bright red elmo pyjama's I couldn't be bothered washing them first, i thought he was old enough to risk it, you know? But in the morning the sheets of his bed were stained red from the dye in the pyjamas! When he dribbled or sweat, the dye ran onto the sheets. So i learnt me lesson there! Thanks for this topic, i just remembered i have a washing machine full of baby clothes that need to be dried. :)
@jillhill (37399)
• United States
13 Sep 07
I had that happen with a red sweatshirts. I didn't wash it and wore it....my white turtleneck under it was pink! And it did not come out even with bleach! Thanks for sharing. Good point about the baby stuff!
• Australia
14 Sep 07
Oh dear! That would have been bad! I rarely buy red things, just because even once you wash them several times there is still the chance they will turn things pink in the wash. Horrible colour. lol
@ayu_asks (104)
• United States
13 Sep 07
yeah like u, sometimes i wash it, sometimes I dont. depending on how the item looks like when I want to use it he h ehee.... cheers. .... myhandbaghaven.blogspot.com
@jillhill (37399)
• United States
13 Sep 07
Right! thanks for sharing!
@rachsal4 (391)
• United States
12 Sep 07
I was all things new, my husband it the complete opposite. He says he likes wearing it brand new before I get ahold of the laundry and shrink it or something. Thats when I tell him he can do his own darn laundry!! :)lol
@jillhill (37399)
• United States
13 Sep 07
My son always said that...keep your hands off my laundry...LOL He liked doing his own. I didn't do it good enough. I think personal items need to be washed but not rugs etc.....thanks for sharing!
@AmbiePam (46874)
• United States
12 Sep 07
I wash new towels, undergarments, and swimsuits before I wear or use them. They are used in a manner to where hygeine is of the utmost importance, so I don't want anything invisible to my eyes, to make it onto certain parts of my body, which I guess includes towels as well.
@jillhill (37399)
• United States
12 Sep 07
Right. I totally understand!
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