Is your pillow killing you, or at the very least making you sick? Do your kids suffer from asthma and allergies? When was the last time you changed or even cleaned their pillow? Most people don’t even realize how long they’ve had the same pillow – some going as long as 10 years or more without a new one or even cleaning their existing one.
– All pillows need to be housed in a pillow protector or zippered pillow cover in addition to a pillow case. This will help keep out unwanted germs and fungi such as dust mites, bugs, dead skin and other dangerous bacteria.
– Wash your pillow at least twice a year to keep it clean, and for allergy and asthma sufferers make sure and use synthetic pillows over feathered ones, and anti-allergen or hypoallergenic pillow cases and covers.
– Toss two pillows in the washing machine at a time. This way, the machine will stay balanced while it spins. If you are only washing one pillow, counterbalance by using towels or a small blanket.
– Use the natural sunlight to dry your pillows as sunlight kills bacteria. Usually up to six hours on each side is sufficient.
– To reduce the amount of bacteria that can impact your sleeping environment and get into your pillow, keep pets out of the bedroom and avoid wall-to-wall carpeting which is a breeding ground for dust mites.
– As you make your bed each morning, fluff feather and down pillows to get rid of dust and redistribute the filling.
– Get a new pillow every three years.