In India, we don’t usually wash our pillows. Do you remember the last time you washed the pillows at your house? Even if you do it, how often. But what our mothers never forget to do is change the pillow cover. And this too is fine for protecting us from germs and dust that pile up on the pillow after years of usage. In this blog, we’ll go through some tips you can follow to extend the lifespan of your pillow.

  1. Use a pillow protector case: It is very important to put a cover on the pillows we use. It not only acts as a barrier for dust or sweat to go inside the pillow but also protects our skin. The cover must be washed at least on a weekly basis to avoid any skin problems and to maintain a clean surface while sleeping.
  2. Wash your pillow every six months: We Indians usually don’t wash our pillows. Many wash them once a year, maybe on Diwali. But that is not enough. You must wash your pillows every six months with lukewarm water. Read the instructions given on the pillow, as every pillow is different.
  3. Replace pillow fillings: The traditional pillows that we use have removable fillings. You can replace the filling instead of buying a new one if this is an option for you. While some fillings can’t be replaced, for example, memory foam filling. If you have a pillow that has lost its shape and feels uncomfortable it is better to invest in a new one.
  4. Regular fluffing: With time, pillows start to lose their shape and become flat and uncomfortable. What you can do is fluff them on a regular basis. A good fluffing will even distribute the filling inside the pillow, make it last longer, and keep it in its original shape.
  5. Wash with care: It is important to read the instructions on the labels before washing the pillow. Try to hand wash the pillow or buy pillows that have machine washable covers. Use a mild detergent for washing, and make sure it is completely dry before using it.
  6. Store properly: If you have extra pillows that you don’t use on a regular basis, try to store them properly. Keep them in a cool and dry space that is away from sunlight. Don’t fold or cram them into tight spaces as they will lose their shape.

Even after good care and maintenance pillows tend to lose their shape. If you have a pillow that is not as comfortable and supportive, invest in a good quality pillow as the old billow could have a negative impact on your body posture and spinal health.

There are a variety of good quality pillows available in the market. Keep your preference and needs in mind and choose the pillow that works best for you. Some recommended pillows and memory foam pillow, bamboo pillow and microfiber pillow. These are quite popular these days and have their unique benefits. Follow these tips to maintain your pillow and sleep well.


Q. How long could a pillow last?

Ans. Most sleep experts advise you to replace your pillow every 1-2 years. But in Indian households it seems like an impossible task, so you can follow these tips to keep the pillow clean and allergy free.

Q. Can you keep a pillow for 10 years?

Ans. Yes you can. All it takes is to keep it clean and maintained. Replace its fillings if required and you are good to go.