How Often You’re Supposed To Wash Pillows, And What Happens If You Don’t

Michael Rubino

June 2

We spend a third of our lives nestled up against pillows. Are yours clean or are they bogged down with contaminants like mold and bacteria?

We all know to wash our sheets regularly to keep our beds clean and clear of bacteria, but how about our pillows? Experts say that because we spend about one-third of our lives in direct contact with them, keeping it clean should be a top priority.

Whether or not you use pillowcases along with your bedding, the pillows underneath should always be kept clean, too. That's because, without regular maintenance, pillows can become bogged down with contaminants that can affect your wellness.

Cleaning professionals and allergy experts told Newsweek how often you're supposed to wash your pillows, and, as it turns out, it's way more often than you may think.

What Happens If You Don't Wash Your Pillows?

Over time, pillows accumulate substances like sweat, saliva, and other bodily fluids. These can create an unpleasant odor, as well as provide a breeding ground for bacteria, dust mites, and allergens. So it's safe to say that a dirty pillow comes as a threat to your health.

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