Posted July 3rd, 2018, 08:18 AM
I'm amazed at how many people would rather let their steward think they sleep commando than let the steward touch their clothing.
My grandma was convinced that her rather posh neighbours were 'all furcoat and no knickers' because she never saw any underwear on the washing line.
Soiled clothing will certainly give you something. That's why we wash clothing, it's the bacteria that makes them smell. I certainly wouldn't want to apply eye make up or lipstick that's been in contact with a surface that's had other people's dirty clothing on.
My dad, who would be 86 now, and my husband who would be 66 both had asthma. I certainly remember class mates with hayfever.
I'm confused why putting clothes in a drawer -- something that's intended to hold clothes -- would warrant a second thought. What other use would a bedside drawer serve? The under-the-pillow thing has me fascinated. I've never heard of that tactic; it's clever. But if your PJs are so soiled that you won't put them in a drawer for fear of germs, then why would you put them somewhere that will come into contact with your face? Shouldn't they go in the wash instead?
It's likely our room stewards don't think about what we wear to bed at all, to be honest, but I would much rather have someone thinking that I sleep commando than thinking I'm messy or rude. I was taught that leaving your pajamas out for someone else to clean up is bad manners. Plus, as others have said, I'm weirded out by the thought of a stranger touching my clothes - particularly intimate ones.
Germs do love damp conditions, but cruise cabins are temperature controlled, which keeps humidity to a minimum. I've never sweated so much in my pajamas that they were wet when I woke up (unless I was ill or sleeping someplace hot in the summer without A-C). I'm not an expert, but I don't think germs can survive on surfaces for weeks: https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-que...side-the-body/
Funny conversation, and ultimately, to each their own!