With it being International Pillow Fight Day tomorrow it seems appropriate to talk about pillow care today.
Perhaps you’re getting your old pillows ready to take with you into London. Why not take this opportunity to purchase some brand new ones.
It’s a great idea, since you should be changing your pillows about every 1-2 years depending on the quality and material.
Your pillow absorbs skin, hair, and body oil every night so changing them regularly is really important for hygiene reasons, as well as ensuring you’re getting the support you need.
So, now that you’re set on treating yourself to a brand new pillow, what can you do to maintain its cleanliness and integrity for longer?
Wash Pillow Covers Regularly
Invest in good quality, thick pillow cases to protect the pillow as much as possible.
Cases with zips are best.
Wash them at least every 3-4 weeks
Wash The Pillow Regularly
Wash your pillow according the the care label at least every 6 months.
If it’s not machine washable, take it to the dry cleaners for specialist treatment.
Ensure your pillow is completely dry before using it again.
If you suffer from allergies or asthma you should look for an anti-allergy pillow.
Dust mites in your home can cause these allergic reactions, and they particularly like living in pillows and bedding.
Many of these pillows are also made in a way that’s much easier to clean at home regularly.
Consider Sleeping Position
Believe it or not, the position you sleep in makes a difference when choosing the perfect pillow you for.
- Side sleepers should opt for a thicker, firm pillow
- Back sleepers should opt for a thinner, softer pillow
- Front sleepers should opt for a very thin, soft pillow (they may also like to think about having a second pillow to place under their stomach to support their back)
Match The Mattress
In this situation, opposites really do attract.
If you have a soft mattress, look at firmer pillows and vice versa.
Now that you know how to chose and maintain the perfect pillow why not pack up your old ones and sacrifice them to a little fun this weekend?