I also wash new clothes, sheets, etc. before use, but my mom doesn't--she likes the "new" feeling. Eh, to each their own. I use a scent- and dye-free detergent in the washer, but I don't use anything in the dryer--I don't even really understand the concept of dryer sheets. I rarely have problems with static electricity--only with one skirt which might be wool or wool blend, and then only on very dry days. And, I don't like the smell of fabric softener/dryer sheets, or the way it makes my towels feel funny and absorb less. My dad (who does the laundry at my parents' house) says authoritatively, "It makes your clothes softer!" and I'm like, "Well, my clothes don't really feel... hard, so..."
A little while ago, for a treat, I bought myself some super-luxurious washcloths. They are 820 grams. I don't really care for them. They absorb a lot of water (and become quite heavy!) but I'm not sure why that's considered a plus--maybe if they were towels, super water absorption powers would make sense, but I get a washcloth wet on purpose, to wash my face with. And they're not particularly soft, either.
One that amazed me was that my friend Amy just pureed regular food to feed her two kids. She did introduce new foods carefully, because they have food allergies in her family, but otherwise it was just what she and her DH were having for dinner, but put in the blender. And it wasn't complex recipes with special supplements or anything like that. I kept looking at the aisles and aisles of commercial baby food going, "Isn't there... stuff in the commercial food that babies need? That's not in regular food? Like... baby vitamins?" and she said no. Obviously for some people the commercial food is fine and more convenient, but she found it worth her while to puree regular food and use that instead.