Your Pillow Has a Dirty Little Secret… and more horrifying facts you’ll want to forget
!WARNING: DON’T READ THIS BEFORE YOU GO TO SLEEP!
What’s dirtier than a toilet seat? Your Pillow…
It’s true. Just after 1 week your pillow will have 17K times the amount of bacteria compared to your toilet seat. Who knew my pillow makes my bedroom one of the top 3 dirtiest places in my house. Simply Disgusting.
Let’s backtrack a bit so you know where I’m coming from.
It’s been a busy day and I am mentally exhausted. Finally home I get comfy lay down. Oh the sweet bliss of my bedroom and favorite pillow. (BTW, most people never wash their pillows and hold on to them for more that 3 years!)
Here’s where that night changed my life. I heard a rumor that pillows are disgustingly dirty – so I google “how dirty is my pillow”. Wow, pillows are GROSS, science confirms. I jump out of bed and read article after article looking at my favorite pillow like I couldn’t trust it anymore.
Next I google “pillow hygiene” and came across a Dr. Oz video on Youtube. They selected 4 volunteers to have their pillows tested. Not sure exactly how they did it but 4 out of 4 pillows all were growing Fungi. And 1 pillow actually had a high content of dust mites and feces (yikes).
At this point I felt like my favorite pillow was cheating on me! I couldn’t even have it on my bed anymore.
But it gets worse. Here are some more horror stories haunting your pillows:
- When you sleep your body naturally heals itself. It sheds dead skin and replenishes it with new skin cells. We shed 8 lbs of skin every year. It’s called beauty rest for a reason. Some of this dead skin finds it way inside our pillow and creates a feeding ground for…
- Dust Mites – the average bedroom has about 1.5 million dust mites. They live in your bed and pillow (you can’t see them). And what do they eat? Your dead skin. If you have an old pillow – a third of the weight will be from dead skin, dust mites, feces, and insect parts.
- 1/3 of your life is spent sleeping. You probably sweat about a liter in your bed and pillow every week. This warm damp atmosphere creates a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi.
Umm, is there good news?
Luckily YES! There are simple fixes.
- Wash your pillowcase every week
- Wash your pillow every month
- Get a pillow that stays clean
- Know what is in your pillow, there are certain types of fills you want to avoid
Cotton/Poly Filled Pillows: Perfect Fungus Breeding Ground
There are 50 types of fungi that commonly grow on pillows. The most common 3 are Aspergilus fumigatus (will affect your lungs), Aureobasidium pullulans (black fungus) and Rhodotorula mucilaginosa (rapidly growing yeast). Most synthetic pillows will start growing 4-16 species of fungi within a year and a half to two years.
Feather Filled Pillows: The Bacteria Bandits
Birds are dirty and they can carry a lot of disease. In fact, feathers are known to carry bacilli, a type of infectious bacteria that causes the actual feathers to rot. No matter how clean your manufacturer will tell you that luxury goose down pillow is – it comes with bacilli. And these feather pillows are very hard to wash and keep clean.
Wash your dirty pillow!
If you notice your pillow is causing acne, irritate your skin, or is aggravating your allergies, throw it away and get a new one.
We recommend you get your hands on a hypoallergenic, antibacterial, ever clean pillow.