Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Are Used Pillows Weird?

Okay, so I don't know whether I told you all you this, but my dorm has this super cool idea where they allow people moving out to put the stuff they're getting rid of in big "Freecycle" bins and then the rest of us are allowed to pull whatever we want from the bins thus cutting down on garbage and cutting down on unnecessary buying. Awesome and easy, right?

So anyway, so far all I'd pulled out were some hangers.

But a couple days ago I saw some pillows in the bins. Now, I have horrible pillows. Really awful super thin ones.

And these were really nice pillows.

So I pulled them out, figuring I could wash the pillows and then use them.

But then I had some misgivings.

I don't have too big an ick factor, but I started if used pillows was taking my hippie train a little too far. (Yeah, I had no concerns about the diva cup or the giving up of TP or the paper towels, but used PILLOWS, that's where it starts to hit me.)

What do you think? Used pillows? Fine or weird?

17 comments:

Stephanie said...

....... What are pillows in hotel rooms?

Yeah. Weird. I didn't think so. :P Just wash 'em in hot water before using them and use sheets and I'm sure you're good to go.

knutty knitter said...

All I can add is wish I had that choice!

Like she said wash and use. I've always had 2nd hand everything and I'm still here :)

viv in nz

Anonymous said...

Wash and dry. I would include a day of air/sun drying if you can. Plus I always use 2 pillowcases. One changed weekly the other more seldom.

EJ

Kate said...

I'm with the above folks. Totally not weird, just wash them and air-drying in the sun will kill most stuff.

Kelly S. said...

not weird. wash and dry and all will be good. yay for nice pillows!

Cath@VWXYNot? said...

Stephanie beat me to it - unless you take your own pillows to hotels, used (but clean) pillows are fine!

hypoglycemiagirl said...

FINE!

kimberly said...

i dunno, i mean i know it seems kinda gross. but i think if it looks alright and you can wash them, then just take them. you're using pillowcases anyways...

heidi said...

My favorite pillows have been free. If you can't wash/dry them in a regular washer... I know, it was a waste of water, but I acquired several lawn chair pillows that had a flea or two (egad!) so I put them all in the tub, filled it with hot water and a bit of detergent and had a blast of barefoot stomping. One more refill of hot water and detergent, one cold rinse to get it all out. Best pillows ever. And I do love my pillows. As for the dorm: awesome! My campus had a "sharebox" system where each dorm had a box in the basement year round... most of my wardrobe was shareboxed =)

Deanna said...

Hotel pillows are usually encased in plastic. Home pillows aren't. I hope that hot water kills, but you might want to stock up on lice combs now.

I don't know about you, but I don't think you'll want an admiring guy exclaiming, "nice nits!"

Just kidding. I'm sure the pillows will be juuuust fine. Ahem.

ruchi said...

Aw geez. All of you guys had me thinking that the pillows were fine and then La Crunch just HAD to freak me out about lice....

Deanna said...

Just doing my job.

kai said...

Not weird.
Why would a pillow used by another person be icky? They probably have also had theyr heads on them. Why are theyr heads worse than yours? They wash theyr hair and teeth and face, like u do, probably. They´re just people.

Unless you´re like really allergic to those dust-thingies.

Rosa said...

Fine! like everybody said - run them through a hot dryer, just in case (washing depends on what they're made of). Do it when they are already dry to avoid shrinkage, for at least 20 minutes.

Lice are killed by a hot dryer (ask any elementary school teacher) but more importantly, so are bed bugs & their eggs - the magic temp for them is 140 degrees F and (at least in the US) a dryer on high typically reaches 150-180 degrees.

EcoGeoFemme said...

Hmm, my gut reaction is weird. Some peoples' pillows are really gross. I guess if they don't seem icky and you wash them, it's okay. Hotels seem different, I guess because they get used less (so many pillows on one bed -- surely they don't all get used each night) and the covers get changed way more often.

But I think if you think they are okay, then they are okay.

Going Crunchy said...

Wash them, dry them, take them.

But I do understand. I don't buy used underwear so I think we all have our lines.

Buy Tamiflu said...

I think that a pillow is a kind of your personal things. It is related with hygiene. So even if a used pillow is not weird it can be very dangerous.