Monday, June 13, 2005

Soliciting opinions

OK, a friend of mine wants your two cents. Having weighed in on this dilemma in person, I got my friend's permission to put this query to you folks, bursting with your bloggy wisdom. Let me know if I'm being nutty, or if my skeeves are well-founded.

You know Freecycle? I'm not familiar with its intricacies, but I know it basically lets people give away their shit for free, and, conversely, lets other folks get stuff for free. Win-win, right? Well, said friend's husband has mightily enjoyed using Freecycle over the past year or so. And why not? It's a great way to get stuff you need--plus, my friend and her husband have a little baby, and we all know how expensive baby stuff can be. Well, the other day, my friend's husband told his lovely wife about the latest Freecycle offering he wanted to take:

A used potty.

My friend wants to draw the line here. I totally support her decision, as I think it's skeevy to get a used potty, regardless of how well it's been cleaned prior to transfer of ownership. Also, most potty chairs I've seen are under $30. My friend assures me that a $25 potty seat would not break the bank.

So, please, tell me: Are we being silly about this used potty thing?


Blogger liz said...

Ewwwwww. No used potties. We bought our 3 for $20 each. There is such a thing as being too cost conscious.


10:43 PM, June 13, 2005  
Blogger Yankee T said...

No, come on. The NEW potty is the way to go. I'm sure that a used one could be cleaned, hey, we move into houses with used toilets, but still...twenty bucks buys you no gagging, right? Definitely new. No, really, new. Did I say new? I meant NEW!

11:35 PM, June 13, 2005  
Anonymous Andrea said...

Okay, I can see the other side of it, or maybe I've just changed too many diapers and escorted too many two year olds to the potty lately to be grossed out anymore. 1) a little Clorox and it's fine. Cleaning would take five minutes max, no big deal. 2) it's still $25 bucks you could spend on something else. 3) lots of people buy new potties and then their kids barely use them because the kids quickly prefer the big potty or a different style of little one, so it may not be very used at all, and 4) passing it on to another kid saves one hunk of plastic from going to the landfill right away. But I admit we bought a new one; it didn't occur to me to ask around for a used one at the time we needed it.

12:03 AM, June 14, 2005  
Blogger Songbird said...

On the other hand, a new potty can be ceremonially broken out of the box and praise and treats liberally applied to the toddler.
Wait, I sound like I'm training a dog.
Wow, it's been a long time since I had a toddler!

8:22 AM, June 14, 2005  
Blogger kiwi said...

I'm with Andrea -- the landfill argument seals the deal!

We bought a used potty for our daughter when she was learning, and just bleached the heck out of it. The resale shop had already cleaned it thoroughly. Much ickier cleaning it after she "christened" it....

Once you pick a potty, plop it in front of the tube with a "Once Upon a Potty" video. The song is *still* stuck in my head several years later, but it did the motivational trick!

9:29 AM, June 14, 2005  
Blogger liz said...

Somehow a hand-me-down potty from a friend or relative has less gross-out factor than getting one from Freecycle.

10:56 AM, June 14, 2005  
Blogger Yankee T said...

I have to say that the landfill argument made me hang my head...

12:16 PM, June 14, 2005  
Blogger Phantom Scribbler said...

Hey, I could send your friend a potty. I just need to dust it off a little. Because, you know, it's never been used.


3:08 PM, June 14, 2005  
Blogger halloweenlover said...

I'm trying to think of what we could compare it to in grown-up stuff. Since I don't have kids, I don't find it particularly gross. But then I think, ok, what if it were a diaphragm. We wouldn't care HOW much you washed it, sterilized it, bleached it, its still gross. At least, I hope everyone thinks its gross. I don't want to start getting hate stories about sharing diaphragms. Yuck.

3:11 PM, June 14, 2005  
Blogger LibraryCrunch said...

I have two potties if they want them. They were both yard sale purchases. I understand the gross argument, but when you've changed poopy diapers (and, even worse, poopy pullups), any potty is a good potty. Bleach kills everything, too, as others have said.

3:29 PM, June 14, 2005  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

OK, my response to the landfill argument (and it is a damn fine argument) is this:

If my friend's husband doesn't take the potty, surely someone else will. Then, years from now when my friend's new-in-the-box potty is put out to pasture, they can offer it up on Freecycle as well. No potties in landfills. Ta da!

3:54 PM, June 14, 2005  
Blogger SuzanH said...

I love bleach, and yet could not possibly get a used potty. From family? Probably. From a stranger? No way.

Also, when we moved into our new house, my first purchase was a new toilet seat.

As far as the landfill goes, you can keep the potty in the car for a while for car trips. That'll stave off a few years.

3:56 PM, June 14, 2005  
Blogger Blonde Justice said...

I don't think it's that gross. I mean, you use toilets that other people use every day, and you don't even wash them first. And I'm with andrea on the landfill thing...

I mean, I see your point that someone else would take it, and so it's not an extra potty in the landfill, but if that's true, than doesn't that hold true for everything on freecycle?

I say wash it out with bleach and it's as good as new.

7:55 PM, June 14, 2005  
Blogger LibraryCrunch said...

ok, now a potty in the CAR, eeewwww! what, please tell, do you do when it is used?? you have to sit there and look at it until you can get to a rest stop to clean it. eewwww again.

9:06 PM, June 14, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The used potty could be wiped down-cleaned w/ a 10% bleach solution and be perfectly safe.

However, unless they are strapped for money ... I'd get a new one ( personal opinion). Ya know what I mean Vern ???

9:06 PM, June 14, 2005  
Anonymous Lisa V said...

With four kids, we have never used a potty chair, just the toilet and a stool. Tell her to look for a stool.

11:24 PM, June 14, 2005  
Anonymous pottyphobe said...

Thank you all for your input. APL was kind enough to post this for me, and I'm glad that my husband is not a total freak for thinking its OK to recycle a potty.... I'll admit, I'd never thought of the landfill argument. Nonetheless, I think I'm going to draw the line here (hubby has been such a freecycle maniac, a line HAS to be drawn SOMEWHERE!) I suspect by the time I move on to child #2, any squeamishness that hasn't already been overcome will be completely gone... but by that time, we'll have our own used-potty to recycle!

12:54 PM, June 15, 2005  
Blogger Floridacracker said...

I say get a new potty. I have 3 kids and I don't think they even shared potties. Even though in your mind,you know you could sterilize's just the ick factor that would bother me.

1:05 PM, June 15, 2005  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

"Tell her to look for a stool."

I'm sorry, I'm sure the pun here was unintentional, but it actually, literally, made me laugh out loud.

1:19 PM, June 20, 2005  
Blogger Mieke said...

I am all about potties from friends. We have one. I don't know if I would take one from someone I don't know.

11:05 PM, June 27, 2005  

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