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When Should Bed Pillows be Replaced?

These days, it's easy to get comfortable and oversee why a new pillow case or bedding may be necessary. How often you should change your pillow case may vary depending on a multiple of factors: including your skin type, hair type, and whether you're experiencing allergies.

Experts at the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) say we spend approximately one-third of our lives in our bedroom. Replacing your pillows every 1-2 years is beneficial. 

The Cons of Not Changing Your Pillow Cases

If you’ve kept your pillows for more than two years, at least 10% of the weight of your pillow can be from dead dust mites and their droppings. Those stains and discoloration can cause headaches, back pain, and neck pain. You can’t see them, but they are there!

Benefits of Changing Your Pillow Cases

Like pillows, pillowcases should be replaced once a week. Bacteria and microbes cause acne, breakouts, allergies, and skin problems. If you’re looking for that summer glow, then replacing your pillow cases more often, ideally every night reduces the amount of allergens in your sleeping environment.

Keeping Pillow Cases Clean

Washing your pillow cases in 130°F hot water with mild detergent will help kill bacteria and microorganisms. For best results, air drying or tumble low. Not sure how long you’ve kept your old pillowcases time for a new set!

How Many Pillow Cases Do I Need?

If your thinking why do I need to keep extra pillowcases on hand, there are a couple of reasons; 

You don’t have to wait for your pillowcases to dry. Sleeping with a humid or without a pillowcase is not ideal. Bacteria and dust mites are only bound to attach to your entire bedding creating a bigger problem down the road.

In case of an accident. Suddenly spilled your tea or got sick? Having extra pillowcases on hand will allow you to change your pillowcases quickly and leave you with ease.

To have pillowcases for guests. If you have guests coming over, it's a nice gesture to provide them with clean pillow cases. Even better, perhaps have a selection of different pillowcase thread counts to accommodate guests!

Trying out a new style. If you’re getting tired of your same bedroom décor or thinking of adding a pop of color for a special occasion, we have a variety of selections available. Having them on hand will ensure you give your space a fresh look!

When in doubt, it's time for a new set!