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    Default New Clothes or Linens? Wash First, Use Second & Why

    Jane Chitty
    January 29, 2016

    You have bought a brand new top or pair of jeans on your shopping trip and just in time to wear for a special event the same day.But do you rip off the labels and get dressed immediately or do you stop to wash and dry your new purchases first?
    You can put yourself at risk if you do not wash them first.
    And it is not only your personal clothing but actually anything you buy made of fabric.

    Keep reading: https://www.amoils.com/health-blog/n...-do-you-rip-o/

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    Always wash before wearing! So seldom do I purchase brand new clothing that it is easy for me to remember to wash that new shirt or whatever before I plan to wear it.

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    For the newer audience, Jane Chitty is a long-standing member of ours. This article first appeared on Facebook (well actually, probably first on her site) and someone said that the issue of chemical residues is unimportant if you are buying your clothes from secondhand shops or what we call thrift shops. I pointed out that you have no way of knowing whether the donor of those clothes laundered than before putting them out for retail. After our house burned (stay with me here, I'm still on topic) we received hundreds of pounds of donated clothing and of course, everything has to be tried on to see whether it fits. The result: all six of us got scabies.
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    What a scourge, Islander--scabies on top of your house just having burned down! They are so hard to get rid of.

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    It didn't end there either, Patty. I lugged what clothing we had, all six of us, and our bedding, to the laundromat, washed everything, dried them, folded them and brought them all home. Result? Re-infestation. Went through it all again, same result. I was at my wit's end and my doctor was out of town, so I consulted another MD only to learn that heat does not kill them — clothes must be line dried to be free of scabies. So I bought loads of clothes line and strung them from tree to tree to tree. And except for the bird blessings, third time worked! (There's a reason why people don't hang clothes line under trees!)
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    Last year I treated myself to three new sweaters. I felt I deserved it after years of second hand clothing! I found a store online that sold new wool sweaters for less than the price of synthetic fabrics here in Oz. A few months later I found moth holes. Oh no!

    I have now treated every single item made of wool I own by freezing one at a time for 48 hours, to kill the eggs. I wonder if that would have dealt with the scabies problem - though if you had a lot of clothing it would have been difficult. I'm thinking of spraying the inside of the wardrobe with cedar wood oil before I put them all back. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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    I'm afraid I'm no help at all. I raised sheep for 25 years, I have all sorts of woolen items from socks to sweaters, and I don't recall ever seeing a moth hole in anything. And I take no precautions to protect them over the summer months.
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    Talking about this with a friend last week who said she noticed they had been worse the last couple of years, and I had to agree. Wish I knew why! I think they do their damage over summer, when they are not being worn. Last winter was colder than usual, this winter has been exceptionally mild, so it's hard to draw any conclusions. Maybe weather has nothing to do with it.

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    Who knows how the mind of a moth works?
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    I've heard that lavendar can repel moths. It smells nice, too!

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