Expired pillows are uncomfortable and can become breeding grounds for dust mites. Using an old pillow can also worsen allergies, acne, asthma, and neck pain. Experts recommend replacing pillows every one to two years, though down lasts longer than synthetic. To test if a pillow is still good, fold it in half. If the pillow stays folded, then it's going bad, and it's time for a new one. Other signs to look for include smells, lumpiness, and a constant need for fluffling to support your head. To keep a pillow fresh, wash it every three months, but make sure to check the cleaning instructions.
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