Washing Your Nasty Pillows

by YVONNE GLASGOW

Woman's hands placing a pillow on a bed.
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Most of us wash our bed linens pretty regularly, but it’s easy to neglect washing your pillows. Here’s why you should do it and how.

If it’s been a while (or never) since you washed your pillow, it’s harboring some gross stuff, like sweat, oils, drool, dirt, mold, bacteria, and dust mite dander. Blech!

Pillows aren’t the easiest things to wash and dry, so we get why you don’t toss them in the wash all the time. Plus, depending on the materials in your pillows, you might need to be careful when washing them. It’s worth the effort, though, because a freshly laundered pillow has fewer allergens and you’ll sleep better.

Before You Wash Your Pillows
There are a couple of things you can do between washings to keep your pillows fluffy and aired out.

First, fluff and shake them out every day. Pillow fluffing is a great habit of getting into when . .

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