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April 30, 2018

Experts' Experts: Should you wash new clothes before wearing them?

Long answer short: yes.

More below.


Why do some clothing items have a tag saying to wash the item before wearing?

There are a couple of reasons to wash new clothes once before you wear them for the first time.

One is to remove or diminish the chemical finishes that manufacturers put on clothes to make them look better, and the other is to rinse out excess dye.

Finishes won't bother everyone who puts on a new pair of pants, but there are some people with sensitive skin who could develop a rash.

Babies' clothes should always be washed before they are worn because babies can be particularly sensitive to chemicals.

New clothes that have been washed once will be softer and that makes them more comfortable to wear.

One common question that many people have at this point is, "Wouldn't it be better if the clothing makers didn't put any extra chemicals on new clothing?"

One common reason to apply chemicals is mildew.

Clothes that are made of natural fibers, such as cotton and linen, can mildew if they are exposed to moisture.

Manufacturers use formaldehyde to treat clothes that have to be shipped a long way, say, from Asia to the United States, to prevent mildew.

Formaldehyde has a very sharp odor, and sometimes new clothes that carry formaldehyde-based resins will give off a pungent smell until they are washed.

Formaldehyde is also blamed for allergic reactions in sensitive people.

If you are a person who suffers from allergies, it is a good idea to wash your new clothes once before wearing them.

You won't wash the finishes out completely, but you will reduce them somewhat.

Another tag that appears on clothing suggests that you "wash separately before wearing."

The clothes that carry this tag often have dark or bright dyes that could run off on other clothes or even on your skin.

Washing these items once before you wear them will get rid of the excess dye.

April 30, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

My book royalties for 2017 (quarter four)


Res ipsa loquitur.

Translation: don't quit your day job just yet.

Want to move my number up?

Take a flutter, there's a link to my magnum opus in the upper right hand corner of every boj page.

Not that it's made a whole lot of difference over the years.... 

April 30, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Psychedelic Alarm Clock


N.B.: not strawberry.

But I digress.

From the website:


Phone Charging Atomic Alarm Clock

Time is displayed in 1.25"-high numbers — illuminating backlight allows it to be clearly read at night.

Colorful LEDs with adjustable brightness display day/date, temperature, humidity, and moon phases with 0.75"-high letters and numbers.

Provides precise time across the entire lower 48 states: radio receiver synchronizes with NIST-F1, the United States’ atomic clock, and will never gain or lose a second in 60 million years.

Phone connects with USB cable (not included) to 1-amp port on the side for overnight charging.

Automatic Daylight Savings Time adjustment, alarm, and 12/24 hour time formats.

Operates via AC adapter or two AAA batteries (not included).

3.3" H x 5.5"W x 2"D.



Wait a sec — what's that music I'm hearing?

Reading comments on the song on YouTube is like taking a time machine to the late 60s, even if you were there and can't remember a thing.

April 30, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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