Laundry Lovin’: To Wash or Not

Dear Home Ec 101,
If I have brand new sheets, should I wash them first before putting them on my bed?
Short Sheeted in Shelbyville

Should I wash new sheets first

girlHeather says:

Yes, wash the sheets. Many new fabrics are treated with pesticides prior to packaging, especially if they are shipped from overseas or are expected to be stored for a long time. Additionally if you have sensitives skin, new fabrics often have excess dyes or sizing which can cause itching or rashes. Good luck and enjoy your new sheets.

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  1. Jen on May 4, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Wow I didn't know they contained pesticides when packaged. I will definitely be putting these in the laundry.

  2. N. & J. on February 13, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    One way to avoid the problem of pesticides is to buy organic cotton or bamboo sheets. Even Target sells them now a days.

  3. Fawn on February 12, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    I know someone who used to work retail unpacking new clothes. Some of them are actually packed with formaldehyde, which gave her nose-bleeds. That was several years ago, so perhaps they don’t do formaldehyde anymore, but who knows what they’d have replaced it with? Definitely wash the sheets. Besides, if they are cotton, they’ll feel softer after a wash to remove some of the natural waxy oils out of ’em.

  4. Rachel on February 12, 2008 at 10:25 am

    New clothes, too. I had a summer job at an inventory company, and I’ve seen what those back rooms can look like.

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