New Clothes Are Dirtier Than You Think

The length of time germs can survive on clothes depends on the type, ranging from just a few minutes to six months for nasty staph bacteria. This unnerving fact makes it important to wash your clothes before you wear them, since they’re usually handled and tried on by dozens of people in the store, some of whom might be carrying infection.

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