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This quick test is supposed to tell you if your pillows are 'expired'

This quick test is supposed to tell you if your pillows are 'expired'

I've had mine for an embarrassing amount of time.
1 September 2022 5:24PM

We don’t usually look at our pillows as if they have a lifespan. If it looks fine, why replace it? That’s just expensive.

But, what if we said that pillows expire? 

Yup, now you’re questioning when the last time you bought a new pillow was, but don’t worry you aren’t alone. If you're anything like me, it's been an embarrassing amount of time. 

According to TikToker @mama_mila_ there's a simple test you can do to make sure your pillows are fresh.

In the clip, Chantel Mila explains that pillows harbour dust, skin cells and oil, so they should be replaced every one to two years. 

This is when we hide our heads in shame - oops!

So to tell whether you’re pillow is on it its way out or was supposed to be gone long ago, all you have to do is fold the pillow in half, hold it for 30 seconds and if it bounces back to its original formation, then chuck it back on the bed. 

If not, and it stays folded over, I’m sorry, but you’re going shopping for some new bedding this weekend.

Close-up of unrecognizable woman putting pillow into freshly laundered pillowcase

Many took to the comments of Chantel’s post, asking questions and outing themselves for their poor pillow hygiene.

“I like them expired,” one commenter shared.

Another admitted, “I've had my blanky pillow for 24 years, thanks.”

A third asked, "What if I have goose-down pillows? They fold when new."

To which Chantel wrote, "This test is for synthetic pillows. Down pillows have a much longer lifespan before they lose support (around 5-10 years)."

She also suggested that if you wash your pillows on a regular basis, you should only do it quarterly.

This quick test is supposed to tell you if your pillows are 'expired'

Well, I feel like we’ve all had a friendly reminder to make sure we stay on top of our pillow hygiene. I’ll be spending the rest of the day testing every single pillow in my house, anyone else?