Washing Pillow Cases: Liniment Lesson Learned

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Often when I'm flipping a room it's tempting to see extra pillows neatly stacked aside and say to myself, those are still clean, I won't bother to strip them and wash them.

But I ALWAYS do, because of a childhood lesson learned well:

My great grandmother often rubbed liniment, a balm with a Vicks-like smell, on her sore muscles and achy arthritic joints. One summer after I'd been away at Boy Scout camp for a week, I returned home and at bedtime climbed into my bed and immediately smelled liniment. I headed straight to my mother, wagged my finger, and said, not in a quiet voice, "Has grandma been sleeping in my bed????"

Sure enough, my mother said grandma had only been there one night so she didn't see any reason to wash the sheets. Well  sure did see a reason! Yuck!

So believe me, everything on my guest beds gets washed after each checkout, even if they don't look like they need it, because when a guest crawls into bed you can bet their noses haven't yet gone to sleep!

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Ah, OK.

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Bags over pillows?

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Arkansawyer wrote:

Bags over pillows?

Also keeps the dust off when not in use. I cannot believe the dust that settles overnight in the winter!

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Yup, for the extras in the closet/cupboard. So you can tell if they were taken out and used.

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We put things in specific ways in specific places to know if they have been used. When I can't do that, then a lovely wrap with adding machine tape does the same thing. To the guest it looks like you are ensuring that things are fresh and neat. To you, it's a clear indication that someone used it. Bags over pillows also work.

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Or the old "vacuum the sheets"

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I will say I used to strip every bed in the room on checkout. But I'm 10 years older now and I don't do that if a quick sniff and perusal says 'not used'.

Tomorrow I will be doing a full strip on one room because the cig smoke smell on the guest just standing in the same room with her gagged me.

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