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Here’s How Often You Should Replace Your Bedding

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Most of us have a favorite pillow or a set of sheets we particularly like. While it’d be great if we could keep them forever, unfortunately, they’ve got to be replaced at some point.

How often should you replace your bedding? From pillows to duvet covers, each part of your bed has to be switched out every so often.

When it comes to what needs to go first, your pillows are the item that has to be replaced most often. They should be tossed every year to two years. They’re particularly susceptible to wear and tear as they absorb dead skin cells, oil from hair, and sweat. Even with regular washing and upkeep, they’ll start showing age relatively quickly.

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As for your sheets, they aren’t far behind and for many of the same reasons. They should also be replaced roughly every two years because just as pillows will absorb skin cells, grease, and sweat, so do your sheets. Plus, due to frequent washing (which should occur once a week), the fibers will begin to wear down. Unlike your pillows, though, your sheets might go beyond the two-year mark, especially if they are high quality and well cared for. The important thing is to keep an eye on how they feel and look and make decisions based on that.

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Duvets are the true star when it comes to longevity, though. They only need to be replaced every 15 to 25 years as long as they are of good quality and cared for well. The bedding piece doesn’t have to support weight like sheets and pillows, and because they’re used over the top of sheets they don’t come into contact with the skin quite as much which means they require less washing.

If it’s been a while since you refreshed your bedding, it might be time to grab more, and if you need a little extra help, check out how to choose the perfect linens.

[Via Today]

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