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Woman Reveals She Hasn’t Changed Her Pillow In Over 10 Years And People Are Horrified!

Woman Reveals She Hasn’t Changed Her Pillow In Over 10 Years And People Are Horrified!

I once read that Kourtney Kardashian changes her pillow case every night in a bid to keep her skin looking flawless and reduce break outs. Does this sound a bit extreme? Perhaps. But there is definitely evidence to suggest that we should be changing our pillow cases and pillows often. Our faces are literally touching them for up to 8 hours a night, every night which is reason enough to want them clean and not harbouring gross bacteria.

One mum has caused a bit of a frenzy online after she admitted to not changing her pillow for over 10 years. Now let’s be clear here, that’s her pillow we’re talking about not her pillow case. If she hadn’t changed her pillow case for 10 years then this would be a very different story!

She admitted that she hasn’t washed her pillow once in the 10-plus years since she got it and people are grossed out to say the least.

The reason the mum wrote into Mumsnet was because of the pimples she had developed on her face and wanted to know if there was a connection to the state of her pillow. Saying she had tried every conceivable way to get rid of it “new creams, drank more water, washed my pillowcase more often,” it finally dawned on her that something else could be the problem. “Today I realized that I have not washed my pillow once in the 10+ years since I bought it,” she wrote. “[Dear Partner] is horrified and I feel very very judged, but surely I am not alone in my slatternly ways?!”

After the letter was posted she realised she probably WAS alone as most of the people commenting stated their shock at her habits.

“This is why we can’t have nice things,” one person wrote.

“Do you mean you’ve used the same pillow for 10 years?!” another said. “I wash them every few months and replace maybe every 2 years.”

“Buy new pillows — non-feathered — frequently — much more frequently than every six months. It’s basic hygiene,” one suggested.

“I cant believe you never thought your bad skin was from your bad pillows!” pointed out one commenter.

There were however a few, who like the mum had never thought to wash their pillows either.

“Washing pillows is a thing?” one person asked.

“I’ve never washed a pillow either,” a second person wrote. “We use pillow cases and thick pillow protectors which both get washed regularly.”

Another person admitted to not washing their pillows, despite using “pillow protectors and pillow cases. Never occurred to me to wash them tbh!” the person commented.

To be honest with you, I’ve never washed my pillows either but I definitely change them over twice a year. As in I throw the old ones out and buy new ones. Plus I also use pillow protectors that get washed regularly. An article on CNN, said that people should be washing their pillows every three to six months.

“One study found that 16 species of fungi can live in an average pillow, and the stuffing actually attracts allergy-causing dust mites,” the article said. Gross!

The piece also included a how-to guide for washing these bacteria festering culprits.

1. Use the gentle cycle on your machine, hot water and liquid detergent (powder can leave a residue). Wash two regular-size pillows together to balance the load (king-size ones should go one at a time).
2. Run the rinse cycle twice.
3. Then, to dry them, place pillows in the dryer with two clean tennis balls, and set on low. Polyester-or cotton-filled pillows take one to two hours to dry; down requires two hours or more (check for moistness or clumps by pinching several spots on the pillow.)
How often do you change or wash your pillows?
Images: Pixabay



Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal is a writer and blogger who loves nothing more than watching back to back episodes of crime shows. Should she ever find herself needing to cover up a crime, she'll know exactly what to do! Her dream is to one day live in Palm Springs where she can do her writing poolside while drinking endless gin and tonics. Mum to the cutest twin boys in the world, she loves nothing more than the sound of their laughter (usually heard when they're conspiring against her). Entertainment writer and pop culture junkie, she will be bringing you all the celebrity gossip and news that your brain can handle. You can follow her blog at and on Instagram at Chrystalovevintage

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