And, my mother yells every time I do it, I eat cooked pasta, without rinsing first. I grew up being told to always rinse, and I do sometimes, but dang it, sometimes I want my pasta now, not after being rinsed! And despite what my mother says, I've never gotten a stomach ache from it.
I think this is one of those things that a certain generation were taught without ever being taught why. Both my parents and my husband's parents said that it's a rule to rinse off rice and pasta but when we asked, neither one had any idea why. They were shocked when we googled and found that it was to rinse off the excess starch so that it's not as gummy/sticky. They'd been doing it for over 50 years without thinking!
My mom always said it was to rinse of excess starch, though I've never done it with rice (though I usually just cook minute rice so...) and according to her the excess starch is what gives you a stomach ache. My theory is that it's actually the fact that I over eat pasta which gives me the stomach ache.
My husband doesn't like his pasta rinsed, because he feels like it cools it down too much. I can't stand not rinsing it, because it all sticks together and makes it really difficult to scoop out portions for everybody. So our compromise is that he scoops his out as soon as I dump it in the colander, and then I rinse the rest of it and scoop it out for everybody else.
With the unmade bed letting things air out, what I do is to make my bed after my shower. That way, the bed airs out a little bit between when I get out of bed and when I finish my shower (I have to take the baby downstairs and set her up with her breakfast, help the littles with opening cereal boxes, etc., then come upstairs and take my shower, brush hair, etc.), so that means it airs for, I don't know, maybe 30-45 minutes?
With the "no poo" concept, I tried it, briefly. I have wavy hair that tends to be very dry. When I tried using the baking soda solution to wash my hair, it made it so insanely dry that it (quite literally) squeaked when I tried to brush it. If I didn't use anything at all in it, it matted, and I couldn't brush through it. I tried using just conditioner (supposedly conditioner has enough of a cleanser that you can just use it) occasionally, but generally I find just using a regular shampoo/conditioner routine every other day seems to work well enough. With my hair, I could do it every day or every other, but I like doing it every other because it saves me some time. I don't generally use a hair dryer, just towel dry it, put in some "curl scrunch," scrunch, and then get lots of cute curls.