I’m a bed expert – you probably aren’t washing your pillows enough and it's making you sick | The Sun

A CLEAN bed goes a long way.

Not only do clean sheets and pillowcases lead to better rest, but how often you clean your bedding can directly relate to common health issues.

According to bedding expert Malik Karman from Eachnight Mattresses, there's a good chance you aren't washing your bedding enough, especially your pillowcases.

The expert said that bedding and pillowcases should be washed at least once a week.

If you happen to have oiler skin or hair, you may benefit from washing your pillowcases even more.

Karman explained: "Cleaning a pillowcase can eliminate skin oils and other allergens that collect in the fabric, ensuring the surface stays clean and comfortable."

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Meanwhile, your pillows themselves can go a bit longer without a wash as long as they are in clean pillowcases.

Karman said: "The average pillow can be washed every four to six months to help it maintain its comfort and support."

However, be sure to check your pillows' care tag to make sure they can go through the washer, especially if you have solid foam or buckwheat pillows.

If you are skipping your pillows' wash day, you may notice some more health issues.

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According to the expert, "Pillows absorb many things throughout the night, such as skin oils, sweat, dead cells, dust, and other allergens and irritants."

So, an unwashed pillow can cause facial acne or can quickly become smelly.

Unwashed pillows are especially a problem for those with allergies as they can greatly increase your symptoms, and overall make you feel sicker.

To wash your pillows, first make sure they are machine-washable and remove any coverings, then throw them in the washer using a gentle detergent.

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You can also throw a tennis ball in the washer to help fluff your pillows and help them dry faster.

Once your pillows have been washed with gentle detergent, tumble dry them on low heat and then you'll be set for a healthier sleep.

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