AIBU to ask how often you wash your pillows?
StrawberrySundance · 16/07/2019 10:50
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
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?!
TheRealShatParp · 16/07/2019 10:52
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 · 16/07/2019 10:53
Erm. I've never washed my pillow....
MyOpinionIsValid · 16/07/2019 10:53
Never, they have covers on, if you wash them, they die! Just buy new ones every 6 months or so
Sparklingbrook · 16/07/2019 10:54
In my experience pillows don't wash well. I use quilted pillow protectors and buy new pillows every now and again.
ArtistOfTheFloatingWorld · 16/07/2019 10:55
Buy new pillows every 6 months?!! Good lord! Really?
ReasonablyIntelligent · 16/07/2019 10:56
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 · 16/07/2019 10:56
I wash the pillow cases regularly. But not the actual pillows!
UserThenLotsOfNumbers · 16/07/2019 10:57
OP do you use pillow protectors?
Nesssie · 16/07/2019 10:57
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 · 16/07/2019 10:57
^Actual pillows. Pillow cases get washed every week.
PollyPelargonium52 · 16/07/2019 10:58
I buy new pillows once a year if that. I always ensure I have pillow protectors though.
cloudyinjune · 16/07/2019 10:59
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 · 16/07/2019 10:59
I don't know what a pillow protector is
I buy new ones when they get too out of shape, every 2-4 years?
Reallybadidea · 16/07/2019 10:59
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 · 16/07/2019 11:01
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 · 16/07/2019 11:02
I take them to dry cleaners yearly, together with our duvet
Sparklingbrook · 16/07/2019 11:02
Lweji · 16/07/2019 11:07
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 · 16/07/2019 11:07
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...
Alsohuman · 16/07/2019 11:08
We use pillow protectors and wash those instead.
Buddyelf · 16/07/2019 11:09
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 · 16/07/2019 11:10
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 · 16/07/2019 11:10
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 · 16/07/2019 11:11
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!
NationMcKinley · 16/07/2019 11:11
I’ve never washed a pillow either. We use pillow cases and thick pillow protectors which both get washed regularly
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