3 reasons why regularly cleaning your pillows will make for a healthier, happier home.
By: Ashton Darnell
When was the last time you cleaned, or replaced your pillows? Really, think about it. Simply washing your sheets and pillow shams only removes dirt and bacteria from the surface. In order to really get the unwanted bacteria out of your pillow, you must wash the pillow itself. According to Discovery News, “within 2 years of use, one-third of a pillow’s weight comprises dead skin cells, bugs, dead dust mites and their droppings.” Yuck!
Don’t let your pillow double in size with unwanted bacteria build up. Read on, and discover why, when and how you should clean your pillows.
According to Good Housekeeping, “Pillows aren’t impervious–our skin cells, dust mite excrement, moisture, and whatever else is occupying your bed migrate downwards beyond the ticking.” Ick. If that’s not reason enough to begin regularly washing your pillows, then we don’t know what is!
So how often should you clean your pillows? When it comes to cleaning (washing) your pillows, the benchmark is at least three times per year. This involves both washing your sheets, pillow shams and pillows. If you are not sure when you last washed your pillow, or are unsure if you should replace your pillows, then try this little test. Bend your pillow in half; if your pillow bounces back into shape, then it does not need replacing, but if your pillow does not automatically bounce back into shape then you need to replace ASAP!
How to clean your pillows, you ask? First, check the care label to confirm that your pillow (down or synthetic) can be machine washed. Then use a mild laundry detergent to wash your pillows. We recommend washing two pillows at once to help balance out to load. According to MSL, For down and feathers, use the air cycle and dry very fully. Make sure they are completely dry as dampness left in the pillow can lead to mold. For synthetics, use the low heat setting as high heat can cause clumping. Throwing in a couple of tennis balls wrapped in white socks during the dryer cycle helps to re-fluff the pillows without transferring dyes.
Enjoy your clean pillows!
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