You should wash your thrift finds before wearing them, smoking them, eating them, etc.
I admit it, I am guilty of finding fabulous items and not washing them.
However, this bad habit is not to be imitated.
The overarching reason is due to the fact that fabrics can host a variety of microbial organisms. Some of them good.
Some of them bad.
According to Popular Science ” Microbes can live on household surfaces and fabrics for hundreds of years“(https://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2002-08/how-long-do-microbes-bacteria-and-viruses-live-surfaces-home-normal-room-tem/). Harmful bacteria can be responsible for a variety of health issues within living organisms. Health issues ranging from wilted plants, to food poisoning to death.
Thankfully, there currently exists a broad range of household cleaners, laundry detergents, and fabric cleaners to combat these issues and kill bacteria!
My favorite laundry detergent to kill bacteria is Lysol Laundry Sanitizer Additive.
By favorite I mean it’s the best one based on reviews and analyzation of its ingredients. I haven’t actually used it, yet. I told y’all that I don’t wash my thrift clothes before wearing them like I should.
But even if you do not disinfect your preowned fabrics and household items, growing up in a place close to nature and surrounded by animals is not only beneficial for our bodies, but it also strengthens our mental health”. This conclusion was drawn based on the effects drawn from a study done by researchers from University of Ulm and University of Colorado Boulder.
The study studied the immune and stress indicators in a group of 40 males between the ages of 20 and 40. In the study half the men grew up in the country and the other half in the city.
The results that came out were unexpected. The group of men who grew up in the city showed significantly higher levels of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), a known immune system component which appears when a person is under stress.
The group raised in the country also evidenced stronger immune systems as a result of higher levels of commensal bacteria.
According to Science Daily commensal bacteria is described as “most species are harmless or perform beneficial functions, such as aiding digestion”.
Bacteria is able to live and be transferred via fabrics therefore the benefits of commensal bacteria on articles of clothing will be transferred to you!
So would you wash your thrift finds? Or let the bacteria wash all over your body?