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New clothes are NOT clean...wash before wear 穿新衣前你洗了么?

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New clothes can contain vaginal organisms, yeast, and fecal germs that can survive weeks or even months.

A recent online poll conducted by one of the most popular web portals in China, ifeng.com, has revealed that only 5.5% of the 13,110 who took the poll wash or sterilize new clothes before wearing them. If you are one of these careless people, you might want to pay attention and change such a harmful habit because new clothes are NOT as clean as you expect.

New clothes can contain vaginal organisms, yeast, and fecal germs that can survive weeks or even months, since many people try them on and unconsciously contaminate these clothes before you purchase them. In a sense, if you put on the new clothes before washing them, you are touching somebody's arm pit or groin...you definitely don't want that.

In order to protect yourself from harmful bacteria on the new clothes, it's highly recommended washing them or running them through one cycle in a hot dryer before wearing them.

Washing new clothes is an important skill you need to acquire; otherwise, it can be unhealthy and expensive if the washing goes wrong. Here are some tips that may help to take good care of your clothes while washing them based on their materials.
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1. Cotton

Cotton clothes tend to lose color during the first wash. Therefore, it's important to protect them by using special washing methods. In China, many people use vinegar when washing brightly colored pure cotton clothes or knitted wears. But don't pour too much vinegar; otherwise, it will damage the lighter colored clothes.

The usage of floral water is another method to prevent colors from fading in new cotton clothes. The right way to do this is to drop some floral water into clean water, where clothes should be immersed for about 10 minutes. Moreover, the floral water can help to get rid of unhealthy bacteria.

Shake the clothes gently after they are done being washed and put them into a dryer or hang them from a clothes rack inside out.
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2. Leather

Many people have the wrong impression that leather MUST be washed professionally at a cleaner. But most of the time, you can clean the leather yourself. Smooth leather that has a finish can be cleaned with a damp cloth or sponge to get rid of dust and surface soil. Mild liquid detergent or saddle soap and water may be used to remove more serious dirt or stains. Water will bead on finished leather but will cause unfinished leather to spot. If a suede garment gets a spot, try using a suede brush or fine sandpaper.

After cleaning your leather garment with a damp cloth or a mild soap, pat the surface with a clean soft cloth. Then give the leather a fine dusting with baby powder to seal the pores. Finish with a rubdown using a clean dry cloth to bring back the sheen. A wrinkled garment can be hung in the bathroom while you shower. If the wrinkles don't steam out by themselves, gently iron the garment at a warm setting after layering clean brown paper between the iron and the leather.

You can waterproof and protect your leather garment with mink oil or silicone spray. However, the process will most likely darken your leather. So it's better to test it first on a tiny area on the inside seam. The best advice is to stay out of the rain if at all possible. Leather should dry at room temperature overnight. Remember, the radiator is no place to dry leather—excess heat saps up the leather's essential oils and can leave it hard and cracked.
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New clothes can contain vaginal organisms, yeast, and fecal germs that can survive weeks or even months.

3. Sweaters

As autumn is coming, cozy sweaters will soon flock to stores. But sweaters are often high-maintenance and need to be carefully washed for the first time. Dry-cleaning is, of course, the best way to clean sweaters and maintain their beauty. But dry-cleaning costs can be prohibitive. Therefore, self-cleaning is an option to keep a low cost.

Do not put newly purchased sweaters in the washing machine. Always hand wash them by filling a sink with cold water, adding a small amount of detergent specially formulated for "delicates," and gently soak them.

For sweaters made of synthetic fabrics, sometimes it is acceptable to drape the sweater over the bottom rung of a plastic hanger and let it drip-dry over the sink or tub—or outside, if weather permits.

For other sweaters, make sure that you can find a place to lay the sweater flat, preferably on a towel over a ventilated surface. Barring this, lay your sweater on a towel on a water-proof floor, and change the towel frequently, flipping the sweater over so that it does not lay too long and dries evenly. Ideally, you can find an area that has enough air flow to speed up the drying process, like under a heating duct. If the sweater is almost dry, you can drape it over the towel bar in your bathroom so that mold does not begin to grow, producing an unpleasant, musty smell.

Never hang sweaters; always fold them up and put them in a drawer. Use scented sachets to make them smell good.