Let’s face it–your pillowcase may be dirtier than you think. Sleeping night after night on the same pillowcase creates an environment for germs, bacteria and fungus to thrive. Generally, you should swap out or wash your pillowcase every two to three days, but the more often, the better. Here at Shuteye Supply, we’re all about helping you sleep better and dream bigger, and that starts with the perfect pillowcase!

Check out these five reasons why you should change your pillowcase frequently. 

1. Dirt and Oils

Throughout the day, our bodies are exposed to dirt, oil and environmental pollutants. While your pillowcase may look clean to the eye, there are microscopic irritants present.

Taking a shower before going to bed can help to eliminate the build-up of dirt, oil and bacteria. Silk pillowcases are a great option because they don’t absorb and trap oils, so you can get your beauty sleep without having to worry about forming pesky blemishes. Silk is also better for your hair and prevents split-ends. Our high-quality pillowcases will stand the test of time, even after multiple washes

2. Dust Mites 

Even though you can’t see these tiny little creatures without a microscope, they are there. Dust mites live in household dust and feast on dead skin cells (yuck!). They thrive in warm environments, which is why your bedding can be a hot zone. As one of the biggest indoor allergens, dust mites can cause nasal congestion, eye irritation and worsen skin conditions, such as eczema. If you exfoliate at least once per week, less skin cells will become trapped in your pillowcase. 

3. Allergens 

In the springtime, pollen is all around us and can be easily brought into your home on your skin or in your hair. After spending time outside, we recommend taking a shower and washing your hair before going to bed to avoid transferring pollen onto your pillow. If you love to sleep with your furry friends, you’re inviting pet hair, dander and bacteria into the bed, as well. We would never tell you to stop sleeping with your pets, but if you want to keep enjoying cuddling with them, just make sure you wash your bedding often. 

4. Hair and Skincare Products 

Residue from shampoos, conditioners, oils, gels, creams, moisturizers and serums can linger on your pillowcase, which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Sleeping with damp hair can even create mildew or mold in your pillowcase. Basically, try to get into bed as clean and dry as possible. 

5. Sweat and Bodily Fluids 

If you get into bed without showering after a workout or if the bedroom is warm, you can sweat while you sleep, which can create bacteria. While we’re sleeping, we also can have a tendency to drool on our pillowcases without even knowing it. 

Buying multiple sets of pillowcases and cleaning them on a regular basis will greatly benefit your overall health and wellbeing. Don’t sleep on this information, go get some shuteye on our dreamy pillowcases!