So my belovedest ordered a few new dress shirts from a very reliable mail order establishment. Said garments arrived chez nous, were divested of their (excessive) packaging, and immediately went to the laundry. Standard operating procedure in our home.
Later that same day, I found myself reading a lengthy on-line discussion about whether or not people launder new clothing before wearing it.
I was amazed; it never occurred to me that you wouldn’t wash things before you wore them. I’ve worked in retail long enough to tell you absolutely nauseating stories about clothing in stores.
And Good Morning America, a couple of years ago, went into an assortment of New York retailers, purchased some clothing, and turned a microbiologist loose on them. Results here, but don’t read if you’re eating, or if you’re squeamish.
Yet another reason to plan garment purchases ahead, and to avoid last-minute emergency buying!