I actually just bought some new clothes last night, and conveniently enough, it was laundry night, so they got washed before wearing them. In fact, I’m wearing them right now, and I happy to say I didn’t try on anyone elses bacteria, like, ya know, staph. -GM
According to Philip Tierno, professor of microbiology and pathology at New York University, the number of people who have tried on that blouse you bought or that dress you decided to splurge on might actually be a lot higher than you think.
“It’s not four or five or six people; it’s dozens and dozens … if that garment sits there for weeks or a month,” he said.
Of course, that number depends on many factors, such as the size of the store and the speed at which an item sells. But do you really want to wear something that even one stranger has tried on?
Tierno has conducted studies in which he tested clothing (blouses, pants, dresses, swimsuits, underwear, etc.) from popular chain stores and high-end fashion businesses for bacteria and other germs left behind by shoppers who tried an item on but didn’t buy it. In his research, he’s found clothing with norovirus, bacteria including strep and staph, and even fecal germs.
The professor did say the risk of getting an infection from these clothes is “very low.”