EWW! Your Pillow's Weight Is 1/3 THIS?!!
You wash your sheets, your comforter, and your pillow cases. However, you've probably never washed your actual pillow. Neither have I until I read this.
Pillows are the perfect breeding ground for dust mites and flu viruses. There was research done that says after approximately 2 years, about one third of a pillow's weight is made up of dead skin, dust mites, and dust mite poop! Plus when those bugs die...they stay there too!
About 10% of people and 80% of people with allergies are allergic to those very things! GROSSSSSS!!!!
I didn't even think of washing my actual pillows, but here's some tips on how to do it. (courtesy of USA Today)
Experts recommend washing them every 6 months.
Washing cotton, down and synthetic pillows
- Check the tags on your pillows to make sure they can be washed in the washing machine. Most pillows can, regardless of whether they’re down or synthetic, but a few can’t.
- Remove the pillow from pillowcase or sham, if applicable. You can also throw these pillow covers and/or shams in the washing machine along with your pillows.
- Put your pillows in the washing machine. The trick is to wash at least two pillows at a time to keep the washer balanced.
- Add your detergent as normal.
- Start the wash cycle using warm water and opt for the gentle cycle, unless otherwise specified.
- Tumble dry the pillows on low heat, fluffing and turning them often.
- Add a softener sheet for freshness, and add a couple of sneakers or tennis balls to help fluff them.
Washing foam pillows
Remove the pillowcases from your foam pillows.
Place two pillows in the washing machine to balance the load.
Add a gentle detergent, using the delicate cycle. Let the machine go for several minutes and then spin them a few times. Check to see the wetness. If the pillows are still soaked, spin a little longer. Remove them as soon as they are no longer soaking wet, slightly damp is okay.
Place the pillows in the dryer at the lowest heat possible. Add a softener sheet for freshness, and two or three tennis balls to help fluff them. Keep an eye on the pillows and remove them as soon as they are dry.
When is time to buy new pillows?
No pillow is meant to last forever. Some stains won't wash out, and maybe your aching neck or sore back demands a change. That's when it might be time for a replacement. Sleep experts suggest replacing a pillow every few years, however these are a list of questions I find helpful in deciding when to trash my old ones:
- Is the pillow inside the form lumpy or bumpy?
- Does your feather pillow have to be punched or fluffed up for support?
- If you fold the pillow in half, does it stay folded?
These are all the signs that says it's time to shop for a replacement pillow!