Good Morning America discusses - dirty pillows

How dirty is your sleeping pillow?

Good Morning America discusses dirty pillows 

The subject of dirty pillows has hit the mainstream and even prompted the popular television show ‘Good Morning America’ to air a segment on dirty pillows. At Vero Linens, we agree that sleeping pillows are too often neglected and can become very dirty. 

This reality led Good Morning America to do some testing of its own. The staff took to the street and asked random people if they could test their pillows. Eight different pillows wound up being tested by microbiologist Charles Gerba, a professor at the University of Arizona. 

The professor’s test identified varying degrees of cleanliness, although all the pillows tested showed traces of the following: 

  • Fungus
  • Bacteria
  • Dust mites
  • Allergens
  • Mold (believed to be present due to storage in a damp closet)
  • Coliform bacteria (fecal matter) 

The reason behind these findings is attributed to the fact that sleeping pillows are regularly exposed to many things that contain bacteria, such as body oils, saliva and your skin. Actually, skin dander is a primary source of food for dust mites.   

Even though pillows are covered with pillowcases and, hopefully pillow protectors, many things will still seep into your sleeping pillow. And, in many instances, things will begin to grow. ABC News references certain “Experts” who recommended sleeping pillows be replaced every two years. We think this is good advice, particularly since we sell pillows. But here are some more free tidbits and advice. 

  • A feather, down or synthetic pillow will all collect the same unpleasant things that were previously mentioned.
  • Many people just don’t think about replacing their pillows while others get used to them and don’t like the thought of parting.
  • If you want to keep your pillows, one solution is to launder them. Keep in mind that does not entail dry cleaning. There is little effort in laundering and it’s cheaper than just tossing your pillows in the garbage and buying new ones.

 Here is our video on how to launder a pillow.

 

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