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What do pillows and Chinese food have in common?
They can go bad! Just like kung pao chicken, your pillows have an expiration date. And while using a pillow after it has gone “bad” won’t make you sick, it can increase your chances of neck pain, back pain and general discomfort.
As a rule of thumb, your pillows should be replaced every 1-2 years. Not sure how old yours are? That’s okay! There’s a simple three-step test you can do to determine if it’s time to buy a new one:
1. Fold your pillow in half.
2. Press down on the cushion so that the air is squeezed out and the pillow becomes flat.
3. Let go. If the pillow doesn’t spring back into its original shape within a few seconds, you need a new pillow!
Good news: Pillows aren’t very expensive! So if your pillow failed the test, or has stains or discoloration that can’t be cleaned, it’s time to go shopping.
If your pillows pass the pillow test and are stink- and stain-free, you can rest easy! Tip: To prolong your pillow’s life, be sure to clean them regularly.