How Often Should You Replace Your Pillows?

How often should you replace your pillow? Well, there is no formula you can use to calculate the time after which you should replace your pillow. However, there are certain signs that indicate that the time has come to get a new pillow.

How Often to Replace Your Pillow

It is best to replace your pillow every 1 to 2 years. Keeping pillows new and fresh is good for your overall health. After all a pillow is something you stick your face in for 30% of your life.

Why & When to Replace Your Pillow?

The obvious sign is loss of comfort, but let us look at this more closely. Below are the main signs that indicate that it’s time to replace your pillow.

Pillow has Lumps

Let’s start with the fairly obvious sign. If your pillow requires you to re-fluff or punch it to get rid of the lumps forming within it, it is probably time for you to get a new pillow. When a pillow reaches this state, the person using it will definitely be able to feel the decline in the quality as well as the comfort level of the pillow.

It has flunked the bend test

There is yet another way to test if you need to change your pillow. Simply take your pillow and try folding it in half. If it returns to its normal state once you leave it, your pillow is fine. However, if it stays folded, you may need to start looking for a new one.


Although the decline in comfort level is the most evident sign that it is time to change your pillow, there are other forms of wear and tear that your pillow goes through that may not be as visible.

As you rest your head on your pillow overnight, body oils, dead skin cells and other fluids easily get absorbed into your pillow and stay there.

If this may not seem like such a big deal to you, think of it this way; Dead skin cells on your pillow feed hundreds of tiny dust mites. After about 2 years of usage, it is said that approximately 10% of your pillow’s weight will consist of dust mites and dead skin cells.

The problem is not the dust mites itself, but the excreta of the mites. There is an enzyme in the excreta of the mites that is capable of even inducing allergic reactions in people. For people suffering from asthma, it can make the condition even worse.

How Can I Make My Pillow Last Longer?

The obvious answer to this question would be that you can make your pillow last longer by taking better care of it. Here are few ways by which you can take better care of your pillows:

Protective Cover

Experts advise you to use a protective cover for your pillow, which can help keep body fluids such as sweat, body oils, and worst of all, drool! In order to keep the cover fresh from all the aforementioned fluids, you may want to toss it in the washing machine at least once a month.

Wash Regularly

Washing your actual pillow is the next step. Although experts suggest that it is best to wash your pillow at least once every 3 months, rarely any people out there would consider washing their pillow so frequently. In my opinion, if you wash your pillow at least once a year, you should be good to go. How frequently you must wash your pillow will depend on the way you use it.

If you have a non-washable pillow, you should first take care of stains with a cloth slightly dipped in soap water, after which you can use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of the dirt, or toss it in the dryer on “air only” setting for 15-20 minutes.