They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. In some cases, that man’s trash should stay trash. Finding a good deal on a previously used item is always exciting. Not only is it environmentally friendly to recycle an item from a previous owner, you also save money. However, there are some household items that just shouldn’t be reused because the long term cost may outweigh your initial savings.
1) Bedding – mattresses, bed frames, pillows and sheets
Bedding can host several bacterias from the previous owner. Different types of allergens, dead skin cells, and hair could be unwanted add ons to the pre-owned bedding you’re purchasing. These bacterium can reside in the frame of the bed as well. Pillows and sheets can also host all of these elements. Knowing that what you’re purchasing is 100% sanitary is worth the money.
Although bed bugs are hard to see, they can definitely be hiding in used bedding. Most people do not realize they have a bed bug infestation until after they’ve been bitten. Bed bugs are the hardest insect to kill with store bought pesticides. If you have to call a pest removal service, it could end up costing hundreds of dollars per room to exterminate your house. With all of the problems that can come from bed bugs alone, it’s safer to purchase a mattress that is guaranteed to be sanitary.
2) Upholstered or enclosed fabric furniture
Although you can get a great deal buying used furniture, you may also get the short end of the stick without knowing it. Upholstery and enclosed fabrics easily trap elements from the previous owner that can’t be removed. These types of furniture can pick up pet odor, hair, and stains. Dust mites also reside in these types of fabrics.
Getting a slip cover for your new previously owned couch may seem like a feasible option, it just masks the underlying problem. Although there is the option of getting the furniture reupholstered, it can cost almost as much as it would to buy new furniture.
3) Nobody Puts Baby in a Pre-Owned Crib
Cribs can be dangerous to buy used for several reasons. Not only could the bedding contain bacteria like any other type of bedding, the frame can also be unsafe for your child. Cribs are often recalled due to malfunctions, making the crib unsafe for a baby to sleep in. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when deciding where your baby will sleep.
4) Appliances that aren’t easily disassembled
Appliances that aren’t easy to take apart and see the interior can be a risk when purchasing them used. These appliances may look brand new on the outside, but could be infested with mold or pests on the inside. Due to the difficulty of disassembling these types of appliances, a lot of people purchase them without knowing what is truly inside of them. These problems can manifest and spread over time once you bring the appliance into your own home. If it’s necessary to purchase these household items used, make sure to buy it from someone you can trust to tell you the truth about the condition of the appliance.
Since vacuums are created to pick up all of the aforementioned bacteria and germs that are lurking in your house, it is no surprise that buying a used vacuum could track them into your own home. Not only will a used vacuum track germs into your house, vacuums are easily susceptible to everyday wear and tear. After several uses, vacuums begin to lose their power that they have when you first purchase them. When considering which household items to buy new or used, it’s a safe bet to go with a vacuum straight out of the box.