How often Should Wash And Replace Your Pillow

Your pillow should be washed every six months and replaced every year or two, says the National Sleep Foundation. The reason to wash: Dust mites. They can worsen allergies and asthma, impairing your breathing and worsening your sleep. The reason to replace: Feathers go flat, and foam degrades with age. Over half of us experience neck pain as we get older, which could be alleviated by purchasing a pillow that properly cradles your head and neck.

Recommendation: Both down and foam pillows can be washed in a regular washing machine. Put them in a separate load and make sure they dry completely so they don’t develop mold. Throw some tennis balls or dryer balls in the dryer to help.

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