Did you know you
can get infections from clothing purchased at a thrift store?
You never know who wore the clothing previously, and things
like staph infections - even lice! - can be transmitted through
clothing. So when you purchase any used clothing from a thrift
or consignment store, it makes health sense to clean it first.
The safest way
to clean is to have it dry cleaned. Unfortunately, this does
add extra expense when you are saving money from your thrift
shop find. You can also wash it in the washing machine on
the hottest setting available, and use a tablespoon of disinfectant
in the wash - be sure to spot test your disinfectant first!
Then followup with a normal wash on the heavy cycle with your
regular detergent, preferably with bleach, and dry on the
highest setting possible.
By following these
tips, you will be certain you will not pick up any nasties
when wearing your "new to you" clothing.