Is Your Pillow Past its Prime?
Probably, and there are two reasons why. 1) The fill in your pillow compresses over time and ceases to provide your neck with the support needed for a healthy back. 2) Non-washable pillows collect dirt, oils, drool, sweat, dust mites, mildew, and fungi over time.
Now that you are feeling grossed-out you should know that replacing your pillows every one to two years is good your health. Pillows that can be washed and contain high-quality fills can last longer.
The good people over at Slumbr Pillows have written extensively about how to choose the right pillow and how to care for your pillow. Here are a just few of their tips.
- Cheaper standard pillows filled with polyester-fill are often not worth washing, as they often degrade or clump when cleaned.
- You can occasionally wash Down and Feather pillows. Never dry-clean Down and Feather pillows.
- Do not use fabric softener or bleach.
- Remove the pillow from the dryer every 30 min, fluff and cool it to avoid scorching.
- Occasionally freshen up your Down or Feather pillow by putting put it in the dryer on medium heat for 15 minutes to help kill dust mites and keep it fluffy.
Learn more about caring for your Down, Feather, Latex or Memory Foam, or Buckwheat pillow at Slumbr Pillow. And be sure to check out their Pillow Menu and Pillow Quiz.