How Dirty Is Your Pillow?

We’re sorry to do this to you, but it’s something we really need to ask: what’s the state of your pillow latest popular is? And this isn’t a décor question.

The truth is, while we’re careful to change bedding and wash towels regularly, pillows are often forgotten. We’ll wash or buy new pillows when they look grungy or no longer keep their shape, but even a plump and clean-looking pillow can be home to thousands and thousands of mites, old skin flakes and other debris. We know: yuck.

Besides The Creepy Factor, Dirty Pillows Are Bad For You

While dust mites and skin flakes don’t spread disease, there are 2 ways that they can affect your health:

  • Dust mites certainly pose an asthma and allergy risk, so covering your mattress and pillows with airtight covers can cut down on symptoms such as itching eyes and sneezing.
  • If you’re prone to acne and break-outs, then changing your pillow-cases every few days is a good idea, as they collect oil and flakes from your skin.

So, How Often Should I Change My Pillow?

Washing your pillows can help to reduce the amount of mites, dust and debris, but you should change pillows altogether at least every 2 years.

When it comes to washing, remember:

  • Many foam pillows are not really washable, but you can get rid of dust by vacuuming them on both sides
  • Feather pillows need to be thoroughly dried after washing, or else you’ll get a mould problem

Be Kind to Your Pillow: Wash Your Face Before Bed

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So, while it’s time for spring-cleaning, give your pillows some attention! Schedule to give them a regular look-over, and swap to natural cotton pillow-cases which are better for your skin. Then you can sleep easy.