You’re probably really good about washing your sheets and pillowcases regularly, but when was the last time you washed your actual pillow? If you had no idea you were supposed to be laundering that thing, you’re not alone. But you’re going to want to toss your pillow in the washer soon.
According to a new study from Dow Polyurethanes, our pillows are pretty nasty. That thing we lay our head down on every night isn’t clean just because the pillowcase is. The study finds that a third of a pillow’s weight contains dead skin, bugs, dust mites, and their droppings. And that’s after two years. Imagine how gross an older pillow is!
But not only are they gross, dirty pillows can affect our health, too. The study finds that 10% of folks and 80% of allergy sufferers are allergic to the proteins in waste and decomposed dust mites. Try not thinking of that while you’re trying to drift off tonight.
So what can we do to clean our funky pillows? Buy washable foam, down, or fiberfill pillows and wash them. Once every three to six months is best. Sure it adds to your laundry pile, but this washing is so worth it!