I was today years old when I found this out.



All my years on this planet, and I think I might have heard you should do this, I never took it seriously.

I mean, they're new sheets. Wrapped in plastic. No one has slept on them.

Factory direct from the maker to the store and direct to you.

Have you seen the price on some of these higher thread count sheets.

Surely there couldn't be anything wrong with new sheets that you need to wash them before you use them. And honestly, I thought folks were just being obsessive and anal about it.

I mean I wash fruit from the store before I eat it. I also wash any meat straight from the store and I know folks that don't do that.

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But sheets?

So I did some digging. Apparently, even the manufacturers suggest it.

Brand new bed sheets may appear crisp, clean and ready to be slept on. However, the truth of the matter is they were produced in a factory and it would be a good idea to wash them before first use.

Many people report an itchy, irritating sensation when sleeping on sheets that have not yet been washed. This is due to a starch called “sizing” that keeps the sheets smooth and crisp in their packaging. However, this is why new sheets can feel scratchy or stiff, even if they’re made of soft material.  (Sleep Happens)

Sizing? Starch?

You may think that because the sheets have never been used, they are clean. That is simply not the case. Manufacturers use a variety of chemicals to keep linens fresh in their packages before being purchased. (Home Decor Bliss)

I also asked my friends on Facebook and they let me have it as well.

Yes!! I wash anything that my skin touches before I use it. So many things cause me to itch. Not to mention I don’t know who the hell touched those


They are produced in factories in various levels of cleanliness depending on the factory. Out of sight out of mind. They are processed using a chemical blend old timers called sizing that makes them lay flat and nice in the packaging, but not a good idea to crawl into bed where your pores will absorb it.


What did your momma say? That’s what I do.


You don’t know where they might been or if anyone handled them.

Ok. So we're washing new sheets from now on. What about clothes? And I really need you guys to chime in on if you wash your meats from the grocery store or butcher.

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