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Do you wash new sheets before putting them on the bed?

Asked by SuperMouse (30842points) March 22nd, 2009

I do, I always wash new sheets. I also wash underwear and socks. To you is this needless or imperative?

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dynamicduo's avatar

Yup, always for sheets. Not so much for socks or underpants though.

bythebay's avatar

Imperative, yes! All that sizing, and machinery grime, and packaging handlers germs lurking…ick!

EmpressPixie's avatar

Yes! You never know who was handling them before you. With sheets, it is in part to get rid of the new sheet smell. With underpants and socks—I usually buy them loose so they’ve definitely been handled a bit before. Washing them is a huge must!

chyna's avatar

Yes, I wash sheets. They feel a bit stiff if I don’t. Underwear of course, especially bras. Someone else probably had their boobies in it.

Jude's avatar

Yes, always do. They’re not so “crunchy”; softens them up a bit.

Dog's avatar

Actually washing sheets and any material that will come into direct contact with your skin is NOT needless. Aside of the fact that the cotton growing process requires pesticides there can be outside contaminants during transport.

Read this short story for an example of what I mean.

casheroo's avatar

Most always. I can’t think of a time I haven’t. I have sensitive skin, if someone on the sheets were to irritate me..then that’d be my dumb fault for not washing them.

cdwccrn's avatar

I wash mostly to get the sizing/starch out. Double wash, lots of fabric softener.

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Mr_M's avatar

You’re supposed to WASH sheets?

jbfletcherfan's avatar

I wash EVERYTHING new that comes into this house. From sheets, to all articles of clothing. Nothing gets worn until it’s been washed. Sheets? Lord, yes.

YARNLADY's avatar

I find washing every thing that comes into my house is imperative. I even wash groceries, as much as possible. I am allergic to a lot of things, and have to wash the clothing and other items in my pure soap to avoid exposure.

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