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Thursday, March 28, 2024 2:20 PM

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When we think of brand-new clothes, do you notice that there is a certain new smell to the clothes, and they are really crisp. Then you wash them, and the crispness is kind of gone and the new smell is gone. The clothes industry uses formaldehyde to protect the clothes and keep them looking new, so it is always best to wash your freshly bought clothes before wearing them. And in today’s world, we do not want to iron our clothes so many fabrics are wrinkle resistant and often made with plastic. If you sweat in the synthetic fabric your pores will absorb the plastic chemical. Natural fibers like cotton, silk, linen are a better choice, but will need extra care. 

Here are common clothes products to watch for -
Taken from the book “Staying Healthy with Nutrition.” 
By Elson M Haas, MD

• Permanent Press – this fabric uses resins and formaldehyde. 
• Fabric Dyes – these can include dichlorobenzene and benzidine. 
• Flame-resistant fabrics – these are now banned in children’s sleepwear because of carcinogenicity. 
• Synthetic fibers – nylon, polyester, and acrylic are all plastic
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