So many stories on social media begin with a headline which almost guarantees you'll click it and after some minutes of debate I decided against my better judgement to click this one. Even traditional mainstream newspapers put these type of stories up hoping to get hits on their site. This one sounded just gross enough for me to want to know what's going on.
Headline: How to clean your pillows, because they're full of dead bugs.
Tell me, wouldn't you be tempted to see what this is all about? It's a story from USAToday.
In essence here are the facts as laid out in the article: "pillows are ideal breeding grounds for dust mites and the flu. The research stated that after two years, approximately 1/3 of a pillow’s weight contains dead skin, dust mites (which eat the dead skin), and droppings (poop from all those mites)! Additionally, 10% of people and 80% of allergy sufferers are allergic to proteins found in waste and decomposed dust mites!"
1/3 of your pillow's weight comes from icky stuff after 2 years! Ok, instead of going ahead and following the advice from this author on how best to wash our pillows, I plan to use a couple of the dozen Bed Bath and Beyond coupons I get in the mail every other day and go buy new ones.
The problem with buying new pillows is that there are so many varieties to choose from. Ever walked through the pillow area in stores? There are way too many different ones all claiming to provide the best, most comfortable sleep. I've even touched the "My Pillow" advertised on tv constantly and it's the thinnest pillow I've ever seen, almost like sleeping without one.
So what to do? Foam? Down, microfiber? Anti-bug?