Should Pillows Be Washed?

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We make a lot of beds on a daily bases. This prompted me to make this blog.

Here’s a lot of questions that always goes through my head as we are making up these beds….

Should pillows be washed?

Pillows should be washed every 3-6 months. They should be replaced every 1-3 years. You can tell when  a pillow needs to be replaced by, folding the pillow in half and if it springs back, it doesn’t need to be replaced.

What happens if you don’t wash a pillow?

Pillows covered with pillowcases  ( only) and without pillow protectors can still get a build up of oil, dead skin and bacteria.

Why do pillows turn yellow?

Couple reasons why…. sweat, lotions, oils or wet hair.

Can a pillow make you sick?

Pillows can become a breeding ground for dust mites, allergens bacteria and dead skin. Using a pillow protector helps.

How to wash a pillow..

Top load machines

  1. Mild detergent
  2. Cold to warm water
  3. No fabric detergent
  4. One pillow, wash with towels. Two pillows wash together

Front load washing machine

  1. Wash pillows with laundry



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