You’re probably really good about washing your sheets and pillowcases regularly, but when was the last time you washed your actual pillow? If you had no idea you were supposed to be laundering that thing, you’re not alone. But you’re going to want to toss your pillow in the washer soon.
According to a new study from Dow Polyurethanes, our pillows are pretty nasty. That thing we lay our head down on every night isn’t clean just because the pillowcase is. The study finds that a third of a pillow’s weight contains dead skin, bugs, dust mites, and their droppings.