Good Morning America discusses - dirty pillows

How dirty is your sleeping pillow?

Good Morning America did a brief segment on dirty pillows.

We agree, sleeping pillows are often neglected and get very dirty...

Here is what they discovered. (Scroll down a bit to see our thoughts on this topic). Whether you sleep on a downfeather or synthetic pillow, they all collect stuff that you would rather not think about.

  • GMA went to the street and asked people if they could test one of their sleeping pillows. They collected 8 pillows in total.
  • They were tested by Professor Charles Gerba (micro biologist) from the University of Arizona.

The test found varying degrees of cleanliness. Nonetheless, the pillows tested contained the following:

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

Sleeping pillows are exposed to a number of things that contain bacteria: body oils, saliva your skin (dander is also one of the main sources of food for dust mites),  and more.

  • Although your pillows are covered with a pillowcase and hopefully a pillow protector, stuff will leach into the sleeping pillow and in many cases - grow.

ABC News made reference to “Experts” whom suggested replacing sleeping pillows every two years. We don’t think this is a bad idea, especially since we sell pillows.

  • Most people don’t replace them often because they don’t think about it. People also people get use to their pillows and don’t like to part with them.
  • Here is a solution: launder them (not dry-clean).
    • This requires a little effort, but, it is certainly cheaper than throwing them away.

Here is our video on how to launder a pillow.

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