Why you should wash your pillows now

Your pillow isn’t only cosy for you, but also for the millions of dust mites it hosts.

Why you should wash your pillows now

If you sleep for the recommended eight hours a night, then you’re spending 2920 hours with your face pressed into your pillow each year. So, for both the hygiene focused and health-minded there are many benefits to washing your pillow regularly.

Pillowcases can hold dirt and oil, regular contact with which can cause breakouts and skin problems. If you suspect your pillow is taking its toll on your skin it is important to maintain your skincare routine, use pillowcases made of natural materials and wash them as frequently as once a week, according to HuffPost.

Dust mites are tiny members of the spider family that eat dust, which is mostly comprised of dead skin cells. They live in upholstery, mattresses and bedding, and are linked to a number of dermatological and respiratory allergies.

Symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction to dust mites and their waste include coughing, wheezing, runny nose, itchy eyes or nose, skin rashes or a tightness in the chest. If you experience these symptoms early in the morning, it may be because of the mites in your pillow.

According to one study, approximately 18 to 30 per cent of people have an allergic sensitivity to dust mites. People with other allergies are more likely to react to mites as well.

If you suspect you are experiencing symptoms of a dust mite allergy, there are steps you can take to reduce their presence in your home.

Huffpost suggests washing your pillowcase on a hot cycle every three weeks and washing the pillow itself every three to six months. There are also dust mite proof covers you can buy for your pillow, if you are particularly susceptible.

While buckwheat pillows cannot be machine washed, feather, down, synthetic, polyester and memory foam pillows can be. It’s best to air-dry down or feather pillows as they are prone to heat damage. Both synthetic and polyester pillows can be machine dried on a low to moderate heat, drying on a lower heat for a longer time is safest. You may also opt to ignore smart-dryer settings as they measure surface moisture levels, and the inside of your pillow is likely to remain damp.

How often do you wash your pillow and bedding?

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    Disclaimer: This article contains general information about health issues and is not advice. For health advice, consult your medical practitioner.





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    tisme
    20th Nov 2019
    12:52pm
    how do u clean your mattress without one of those machines ??
    Incognito
    20th Nov 2019
    4:47pm
    Sprinkle bi carb soda leave for a few hours then vaccum, spray Bosisto Dust Mite spray onto to it and leave to dry.
    Sundays
    20th Nov 2019
    1:50pm
    Three weeks to change a pillow case seems a bit yucky. Change them at least once a week. Apart from dust mites, it would be quite smelly especially in Summer. Also, pillows do wear out, and need to be replaced a lot more regularly than a mattress.
    BAT
    20th Nov 2019
    2:59pm
    Agree Sundays!Replace pillow cases weekly.Some pillows purchased have replacement dates printed on them.I also hang pillows on line weekly in the sun to air them.
    Incognito
    20th Nov 2019
    4:46pm
    I rarely wash my organic wool pillow, but I do put it in the sun in the window everyday and once a week outside. I have a mite proof cover over it plus a pillow case which are easier to wash.
    pjvixen
    21st Nov 2019
    11:24am
    I still have some of my mother's century old pillows. They have never been washed. Spent time in the sun every week. They are still in good condition and none of us got sick from using the same pillows all our lives nor did we develop allergies to dust mites.
    Incognito
    21st Nov 2019
    12:42pm
    Your more likely to get sick from the detergents you wash them with unless you use something natural.
    Blossom
    3rd Dec 2019
    10:11pm
    You can get pillow protectors that help stop some problems keeping pillows clean.
    Blossom
    3rd Dec 2019
    10:11pm
    You can get pillow protectors that help stop some problems keeping pillows clean.


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