Here Is How Often You Should Change Your Pillows and Pillowcases

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It is easy to let your pillow’s existence span for a stretch. Replacing pillows is one of those things in the home that do not occupy the top positions of our priority lists. But changing your pillows should become a routine that assumes a borderline ritual nature. And for your optimal wellness, pillows should be replaced regularly.

But how regular? Because if pillows could talk they would instinctively lament about how they are always an afterthought, longing the much-needed attention they are severely starved of. One cannot do without a night of adequate restful sleep. And pillows are key to that. Your bedroom environment and bedding need your tender care and particularity. Pillow quality and cleanliness should always be at the top of your agendas.

It is usually recommended that pillows should be replaced every 1 to 2 years. With such frequency regarding pillow replacement, it means that your sleep is guaranteed of quality head support, cleanliness, and allergen-free. Alternatively, to increase the longevity of your pillows, good care to them is vital. This includes regularly cleaning your pillows and the pillowcase, say every 2 or 3 months, using gentle detergents. You should clean your pillowcase every 7-10 days. Simply, a pillowcase should be cleaned or replaced at least once a week.

Pillows that are past their date are harmful to one’s overall physical and mental wellness. An old, dirty pillow means that you are prone to (and will actually experience) allergic reactions, sore muscles, and skin breakouts. Such pillows usually collect dust mites, fungus, mold, and tons of dirt particles. This can result in a person having “a runny or stuffy nose, itchy skin, and irritated eyes that may impact sleep quality.”

It is generally easy to see when your pillows are due for replacement, but often, when the pillow loses shapes, accumulates smells or stains, or you frequently experience the physical reactions mentioned above, then it is time to change your pillows.

One may be curious as to which pillows last longer than others. It all depends on the materials used – some pillows are made from memory foam, latex, or polyster.

Generally, “high-quality memory foam pillows and latex pillows are considered very durable and may last several years if taken care of. Polyester pillows are generally the least durable, and should be replaced sooner than two years.”

So, there you have it. Enjoy your quality sleep.

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