Why you should actually wash your pillow

03 Mar 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

Why you should actually wash your pillow

© Shutterstock Dust mites look like little spiders and feel completely at home in your pillow

You probably washed your clothes and sheets regularly, but have you ever thought about washing your pillow? If you are like most people, then probably not. Quite strange, since we spend about a third of our lives sleeping on a pillow. The warmth of your head and your sweat ensure that your pillow is a cozy place for countless bacteria and fungi. Dust, dirt, dead skin cells and oil from your skin continue to accumulate in your pillow, until at one point it is almost twice as heavy as when you bought it!

Your pillow is also a favorite habitat of the dust mite, a 0.3 mm spider mite. Dust mites can cause allergies, so it's best to avoid spreading them in your pillow in large numbers. Just find a picture of the dust mite and then imagine an entire colony of the critters! Not a very nice idea.

Enough reason to throw your pillow in the washing machine now and then - every three months is ideal, according to the experts. First check the washing instructions to see if your pillow is suitable for the washing machine.

Source: Mental Floss

See also: The most lively and lazy animals. Do you know how many hours animals need to sleep?