New Is Not The Same Is Clean, OR: Wash Before Wearing
Quite recently I was discussing my feelings towards the cleanliness of newly obtained goods in a group setting. My fervor on the matter caused one participant to reply, “you should write about that on your blog!” Ergo, today’s post.
This is not going to be one of those times when I quote people in white coats or findings from various studies they’ve conducted. This is merely my opinion on the matter. Take that as you will.
New stuff is dirty.
There it is. The crux of my thesis/ life philosophy.
When you procure things from a retail establishment, be they blue jeans, crystal stemware, pacifiers and especially loofahs, they are dirty.
Here is my rationale: best case scenario is that not a single element has interacted with the goods post packaging. Great. And still, some hand somewhere boxed, tagged, and sticker-ed up your set of steak knives after going poop and neglecting to wash thereafter.
Now let’s move forward: your item hangs on the rack at The Gap. A perfectly on-trend striped top with some gold detailing and a flattering cut and oh my gosh everyone and their bff wants to try it on for themselves. And then they do.
Enter shopper one: tries on top, picks her nose, decides it’s too small, replaces. Enter shopper two with young child in toe: tries on top, child reaches up to feel it but not before he’s stuck his hands down his pants. Enter shopper three: tries on top, decides it’s not quite in her budget, goes to rehang it and accidentally let’s it fall to the ground where it swirls around with some dust balls that have accumulated in the corners of the dressing room. ETC.
You’re beginning to see the very vast OCD tendencies of my brain now, aren’t you?
And these conditions apply for anything newly purchased: linens, underwear, plates, saucepans. Anything that you would want to be clean in real life before it came into contact with your body should be washed. Anything that exists out there in the scary land of mall germs should be presumed present.
You’ve lived without it for this long; might as well hold off for another luke-warm minute– enough to conduct a cleaning process of some sort.
Or don’t. Whatever. But don’t blame me if you contract some weird ass rash from that Gap top you decided not to wash before wearing.Image credits: Sarit Saliman, Sentimental Gal, Redbook Paperseed
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