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Health Tip: Buy New Pillows

I just want to remind you of a disgustingly true fact. Dust mites live off the dead skin cells that you shed. So guess where they love to lurk? In your bed. Yup, as you sleep, your skin sloughs off and works its way down into your mattresses and pillows. If the air in your room is humid (which in the warm weather it most likely is), dust mites get into your bed and your pillows and happily multiply into large colonies.Your own body creates heat as you breathe and perspire, and they love that too. There can be as many as 30,000 tiny dust mites living in just 1 oz of dust, and you are allergic to their poop.

With that said, let me ask you this - Can you remember the last time you changed your pillows? If you can't, now is the time to buy some new ones.

If you don't already have them, you can pick up dust mite pillowcases ($16.95) and encase your new pillows in them. If you recently bought new pillows, you can still use these special pillowcases, since not only do they not allow dust mites to get into your pillow, but they'll trap existing dust mites as well.

Fit's Tips: You can also pick up dust mite mattress covers ($114.95 for Queen Size). They keep dust mites trapped and won't allow in new critters.

If you need some more inspiration, like a visual of these little critters - then



This image just makes me itch all over. Yes it is magnified a bunch! But still...makes me want to get new pillows. How about you? Tell me in the comments section below.

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Adrianne Adrianne 8 years
Hey FitSugar, how often are you supposed to change out pillows? Every three months? Less than that? More than that?
nessabum nessabum 8 years
Also, if you keep throwing away your pillows it's going to be a waste problem. I mean there are other ways, like those pillowcases and washing, that can keep them at bay. I don't think that it's entirely necessary to throw out pillows so often and get them replaced. Do a good deed for the environment.
rlveronica rlveronica 8 years
I just bought new pillows, but I will have to invest in those pillowcases and such! :] Thanks, Fit!
MuppetsForDinner MuppetsForDinner 8 years
I saw on Oprah that you should be vacuuming your pillows and mattress regularly with your vacuum hose attachment.
CamillaCat CamillaCat 8 years
I thought somewhere on POP it was posted a few weeks ago that you are supposed to put your pillows in the dryer for 20 mins on high heat to kill these little buggers, would that not just work the same as opposed to buying new pillows? I put mine in the dryer, and they did great. I didn't think you could really wash a pillow, can you do that? The dryer also really fluffed up my pillow too, they were like brand new all over again.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
gah! gross - Fit : what about in buckwheat pillows? do dustmites live in them too?
Tari007 Tari007 8 years
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww..... must get new pillows!!!
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
...so what do they do to you? i know one night my legs were itching all over and i changed my sheets and it stopped. ewww.
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
...so what do they do to you?i know one night my legs were itching all over and i changed my sheets and it stopped. ewww.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 8 years
Is there any way to kill them? Or prevent them as much as possible? It can't be your only option that you HAVE to replace your pillows every month . . . I hope . . . that's expensive and kind of wasteful. Do they live in all kinds of pillows? (down, foam . . .?) Oh and what exactly do they do to you? besides being insanely gross?
pixelhaze pixelhaze 8 years
Is there any way to kill them? Or prevent them as much as possible?It can't be your only option that you HAVE to replace your pillows every month . . . I hope . . . that's expensive and kind of wasteful. Do they live in all kinds of pillows? (down, foam . . .?)Oh and what exactly do they do to you? besides being insanely gross?
i-am-elle i-am-elle 8 years
So there really are bed bugs, eh? Ok well I need to change my pillows ASAP! Maybe that's why my eczema has been acting up so much lately. :(
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Yeah, I definitely need to replace our pillows. I think they are a couple years old at least. I've also heard that the average mattress gains 10 lbs over its lifetime due to the buildup of dead dust mites. Gross!!
junebug20 junebug20 8 years
So far only UrbanBohemian has mentioned WASHING pillows. Is that NOT a possibility? My washer has a "sanitary function" and I would think that would be sufficient to use.I don't see having to go out and buy new pillows every 6 months to a year. Besides, they are in the comforters/bedspread/duvet covers, carpet, stuffed animals, curtains, etc., and you can't just go out and replace those too (at least not most of us who are financially strapped).
junebug20 junebug20 8 years
So far only UrbanBohemian has mentioned WASHING pillows. Is that NOT a possibility? My washer has a "sanitary function" and I would think that would be sufficient to use. I don't see having to go out and buy new pillows every 6 months to a year. Besides, they are in the comforters/bedspread/duvet covers, carpet, stuffed animals, curtains, etc., and you can't just go out and replace those too (at least not most of us who are financially strapped).
AMP AMP 8 years
How often should you change your pillows? Two years?
misslarue misslarue 8 years
I cant even remember the last time I bought new pillows, but I will be getting new ones now!
ClassicsDiva ClassicsDiva 8 years
Maybe I'm weird, but if it's too small to be seen with the naked eye, I'm not allergic to it, and it's not going to give me some life-threatening disease, it doesn't really bother me. I mean, I'm not going to intentionally foster dust mite colonies (who wants pets that you can't see with the naked eye?), but I'm not going to get rid of perfectly good pillows--I'm too poor for that. And I'm definitely not going to get rid of my teddy bear that I've had since I was three. When I die of deadly dustmitosis, then you can mock me.
krock19 krock19 8 years
100% Silk is actually completely inhospitable to dust mites as well. I'm severly allergic to dust mites... which let me tell you is the most annoying allergy EVER.
misstsapinay misstsapinay 8 years
Urgh, those things are so gross. Time for new pillows for me.
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 8 years
Elllllleeeehhhhh YUCK!! :shuddering: I mean seriously, that is seriously SO GROSS! :SICK: But it is very good information to know. I actually just saw this on Oprah - about how dust mites live in your pillows. It makes me sick even looking at that picture and thinking about it and writing about it (I seriously feel itchy ALL OVER) but it's been about a year since me and my hubby changed ours, so I will change them ASAP. Thanks, Fit, for always keeping us in the loop!
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 8 years
Elllllleeeehhhhh YUCK!! :shuddering: I mean seriously, that is seriously SO GROSS! :SICK:But it is very good information to know. I actually just saw this on Oprah - about how dust mites live in your pillows. It makes me sick even looking at that picture and thinking about it and writing about it (I seriously feel itchy ALL OVER) but it's been about a year since me and my hubby changed ours, so I will change them ASAP.Thanks, Fit, for always keeping us in the loop!
hottpink hottpink 8 years
That is sooooo gross. Ewwwwww, time for my hubby and I to get some new pillows and pillow cases! Thanks Fit for reminding me!
Angelica Angelica 8 years
I can't believe you broke it down like that - 30,000 tiny dust mites living in just 1 oz of dust. That makes me feel like I'm going to pass out.
chibarosa chibarosa 8 years
I even take my allergen-proof pillow cases with me when I travel.
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