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AIBU to ask how often you wash your pillows?

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StrawberrySundance Tue 16-Jul-19 10:50:58

In the last couple of years I have been getting spots on my face.

I bought new creams, drank more water, washed my pillowcase more often ... but today I realised that I have not washed my pillow once in the 10+ years since I bought it blush

Anyway, I am off to buy a new pillow.

DP is horrified and I feel very very judged, but surely I am not alone in my slatternly ways?!

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TheRealShatParp Tue 16-Jul-19 10:52:25

I don’t routinely wash pillows. I have if something horrible has landed on it, like dog vomit etc., but other than that I don’t bother.

ArtistOfTheFloatingWorld Tue 16-Jul-19 10:53:31

Erm. I've never washed my pillow....

MyOpinionIsValid Tue 16-Jul-19 10:53:57

Never, they have covers on, if you wash them, they die! Just buy new ones every 6 months or so

Sparklingbrook Tue 16-Jul-19 10:54:45

In my experience pillows don't wash well. I use quilted pillow protectors and buy new pillows every now and again.

ArtistOfTheFloatingWorld Tue 16-Jul-19 10:55:03

Buy new pillows every 6 months?!! Good lord! Really?

ReasonablyIntelligent Tue 16-Jul-19 10:56:03

Wash the actual pillows or the pillow cases?

If I washed my pillows it would look like I murdered several chickens with my washing machine

foreverhanging Tue 16-Jul-19 10:56:47

I wash the pillow cases regularly. But not the actual pillows!

UserThenLotsOfNumbers Tue 16-Jul-19 10:57:07

OP do you use pillow protectors?

Nesssie Tue 16-Jul-19 10:57:24

Wash them every 6 months. Then I write on the label when I've washed it. Duvet I do every year, in Summer when it drys quickly on the line.

Nesssie Tue 16-Jul-19 10:57:52

^Actual pillows. Pillow cases get washed every week.

PollyPelargonium52 Tue 16-Jul-19 10:58:05

I buy new pillows once a year if that. I always ensure I have pillow protectors though.

cloudyinjune Tue 16-Jul-19 10:59:07

I use foam pillows now which are much less likely to harvest dust mites etc.
Buying a new pillow every 6 months is outrageous

MumdayMania Tue 16-Jul-19 10:59:43

I don't know what a pillow protector is confused
I buy new ones when they get too out of shape, every 2-4 years?

Reallybadidea Tue 16-Jul-19 10:59:47

Why on earth would you buy new pillows every 6 months?! What a waste of money and the world's resources.

OP, I don't wash them either, it doesn't end well IME! As someone else said, I used protectors and wash these when they look minging regularly

DurhamDurham Tue 16-Jul-19 11:01:03

I wash pillowcases every week but I've never washed an actual pillow. I use them until they're looking used (misshapen/stained 🤢) and then I buy new ones. I figure it's my dirt which doesn't bother me. I'd be aghast at dirty pillows in a hotel though.

proseccoandbooks Tue 16-Jul-19 11:02:01

I take them to dry cleaners yearly, together with our duvet

Sparklingbrook Tue 16-Jul-19 11:02:05

Pillow Protectors

Lweji Tue 16-Jul-19 11:07:00

I tend to do the sniff test.

Which means that I tend to wash pillows used by males a lot more.

My current pillows (foam type) are supposed to be anti-allergic but also wash and dry very quickly.

StrawberrySundance Tue 16-Jul-19 11:07:44

Hmmmmmm thanks for the pillow protector tip.

Shall just buy a pillow protector instead of a new pillow? Or is it too late for me?

Shall I buy both?

I'm currently on the bus into town feeling very stressed about this!

I have never washed my duvet either, it is 4 years old at this stage...

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Alsohuman Tue 16-Jul-19 11:08:21

We use pillow protectors and wash those instead.

Buddyelf Tue 16-Jul-19 11:09:05

Never. They don't wash well at all. I've washed DD's when she vomited on it but it came out all misshapen and I ended up having to get rid and just buy a new one.
I just wash pillow cases regularly and buy new ones when needed.

Nesssie Tue 16-Jul-19 11:10:02

Just stick them in the washing machine on a low spin then hang them out to dry! Then bash them back into shape.
Its never been a problem for me!

Lweji Tue 16-Jul-19 11:10:14

Sorry, not foam. Not rigid in shape. Some sort of soft fibre. They don't change shape like some but are very soft.

If you've had a pillow for 10 years, it's probably best to buy a new one in any case.

1CarefulLadyOwner Tue 16-Jul-19 11:11:08

I usually wash them once every 6 months. As a pp said, it can look like murder in the chicken slaughterhouse afterwards, but it is definitely worth it!

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