Health Risks of Wearing Used Clothes

by healcure

Most of us choose to purchase used clothes for a variety of reasons. It can be down to them being cheaper than having to purchase new ones fresh off the rack – or it can be down to many having a preference of ‘vintage’ clothing which has been passed down a number of people which gives it a fashionable look of ‘wear & tear’.

However, one aspect of used clothing, which people fail to consider, is the fact that it can be very unhygienic to wear since they were passed down through a number of people.

Which diseases can you get from used clothes?

The most common types of diseases, which can be transmitted through used attires, are body lice, chicken pox, gonorrhoea, syphilis, and hepatitis A, B, C, D, and G. These diseases are not usually considered life-threatening, however, if they are not dealt with and dealt with by a doctor straight away, and then you may face some complications down the line.

These can even be caught even if they have been washed, but if the clothing hasn’t been washed, ironed or disinfected – the chances of gathering a disease can be significantly higher.

What to do to avoid the Risks

As mentioned it is very important to make sure they are properly washed to avoid any diseases from being able to multiply and transfer to your body. In addition, when you are washing them, it is important to use a strong detergent, as this makes sure that the germs on the clothing are properly combated against and dealt with.

Alternatively, if your reason behind purchasing used clothes is the price, you should try to look towards getting new urban clothing, which is still available at a competitive price and ensures you are safe from catching any sort of disease


Cheryl June 16, 2017 - 10:16 pm

Seriously? Are you saying that syphilis, gonorrhea, and hepatitis be caught through clothing? I can’t take an article seriously that alleges such stupidity.

James July 29, 2017 - 4:40 pm

Another article on this similar subject said that undergarments were more succeptable to infect individuals. If you were buying pants, however, and the individual went “commando”, then you might as well be putting on their underwear when you put them on. Body lice can transmit Hepatitis A from one individual to another. If a louse remained on an item of clothing from a donor, and all that was done with the clothing was a washing and drying that the parasite could survive – then you put it on your body, the parasite feeds on you and infects you. . . . Nobody is saying that catching infectious diseases from used clothing is rampant, just putting the information out there as a warning.

Menards October 19, 2017 - 6:23 am

Any info on how long clothes could be kept in a bag for all these thing to die?

Charlene October 21, 2017 - 9:12 pm

I always soak my used purchases in ammonia water over night then, I do a regular machine wash. Doesn’t this kill lice and other bacteria?

margaret barman January 25, 2019 - 7:16 pm

You can buy Johnsons laundry cleanser it kills 99’9 of bacteria


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