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Can Your Clothes Make You Develop Illnesses?

Jaclyn Hughes

Just when everyone is jumping on the organic bandwagon, trying to eat healthier, and add a few years onto their lives, what they have in their closets could very well be the thing that challenges their health. Could you imagine developing a serious illness all as a result of that sweater you wore to a happy hour last week? Well, believe it as millions of people have absolutely no idea about the chemicals possibly looming inside their clothing.

Unbeknownst to most, there are over 8,000 chemicals utilized in the clothing industry. The skin is the body’s largest organ and it quickly can absorb any and all chemicals that you place against the skin. There have been multiple findings of formaldehyde as well as phthalates in clothing, but as health experts report, the general public is totally unaware of these chemicals being in their clothes as they aren’t exactly on the labels. As parents, we spend often hours planning out healthy meals and cleaning our homes to keep our kids as safe as possible. Then to find out that the cute outfits you’re placing on your daughter for school in the morning are possibly contaminating them, would be rather shocking.

News 4 Jax reported that some clothing materials that are said to have the highest amounts of chemicals in them that have been tested are rayon, spandex, and polyester. So much for your beloved yoga pants you adore wearing around the house all day, right? Some other commonly popular things to look out for are when your clothing is labeled as wrinkle-free, or if offers moisture wicking, which is typically found in workout or athletic clothing to ward off sweat. If those items are being shipped from overseas, you could be in even more trouble as often those mass clothing shipments can be touched up with formaldehyde to keep them in tact. Gross!

Some ailments that can develop as a result of having chemicals in the clothes you wear are asthma, blurry vision, headaches, and fatigue. Always read the labels of your clothing, and certainly spend some time on the web researching more organic clothing options for your family.

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