How often should pillows be replaced?

February 09, 2019

How often should pillows be replaced?

Next to the mattress, your pillow is probably the one thing on the bed that may not be replaced as often as it should.  We use and sleep on our pillows day and night and every time we leave dead skin cells, oils, bodily fluids and of course our hair on our pillows.   These nightly deposits creates a heavenly environment for dust mites to thrive.   Eventually over time those fluids and body oils will build up causing your pillow to smell.


Extending its life 

The average lifespan of a pillow will largely depend on how well you take care of it.  It doesn’t matter what type of pillow you have, eventually every pillow will need to be replaced.  In the meantime there are a few things you can do to get the most out of your pillow until it time to give it the boot.

If your pillows are anything like mine they will eventually start to flatten out which happens over time.  Until it reaches the point of no return, try fluffing your pillow every morning to help keep its shape and to remove loose debris.   

Keeping it clean and free of allergens and dust mites will also help to extend the life of your pillow.   Always use pillowcases and pillow protectors and wash your pillows, pillowcases and pillow protectors regularly.   To help extend the life of your pillow, be sure to check the manufacturers label for any laundry and care instructions.


Time to replace

When it comes to replacing your pillow there are quite a few opinions on this subject.  Depending on how often you wash your pillows and on the accumulation of dust mites and allergens, some suggest it should be every 6 to 12 months while others recommend every 2 to 3 years.  If your pillow is yellowing and has unsightly stains from sweat and other bodily fluids that over time has not been removed by washing then it’s time to buy new ones.

Many of us form attachments to our pillows and even if it has lumps getting rid of our pillow can be very hard.   As familiar and comforting as that may be, lumpy pillows that no longer support your neck and head while sleeping at night should definitely be replaced.   For feathers pillows, do you constantly have to fluff to get them to keep their shape?    If they are not keeping their shape on their own then it’s probably time to go ahead and replace them.   A popular test to see if your pillow is on its last leg is to fold it in half and then let it go.   A pillow that springs back into a flat position does not need replacing.




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