Expert reveals exactly when you should throw out your pillow before dust mites take over

Anyone who hasn’t purchased new pillows since 2020 has been warned about the disgusting risks they are taking.

As if sweaty nights aren’t enough to contend with during the heatwave, Dr Lindsay Broadbent has painted a grim picture of what is going on in many beds.

The virologist says we really should be chucking out our pillows – however comfy they are – if they are more than two years old.

If they are a little heavier than when you first bought them, you’re about to find out why.

She has explained that 10% of the weight of pillows of a certain age are dust mites – and their poo.

Dr Lindsay responded to a message asking for advice on how often they should be thrown out.

She replied: “Ohh. I love grossing people out telling them that if their pillow is over two years old 10% of the weight is house dust mites and their poo!”

Dr. Karan Raj similarly urged his followers to change their pillow at least every two years – and says the average person sheds 4kg of skin each year and claims most of that ends up on your bed or pillow.

It’s not just these eye-opening bed fact that will making sleeping a little tougher than normal tonight.

A disturbing survey found a third Brits wash their bedsheets just once a year.

The study of 2,000 people found that 30 per cent were washing their bedding every 12 months, with experts warning the bad habit could lead to dust mites, bed bugs, fungal infections and skin irritation.

Following the findings by Hammonds Furniture, Dr Aragona Giuseppe suggested people change their bedsheets once a week for optimum cleanliness.

People living in Newcastle-upon-Tyne followed the best cleaning habits, compared to residents in Belfast who wash them the least.

Dr Giuseppe said: “Washing your clothing items and bedsheets regularly is important for overall cleanliness and ensuring your body remains clean and healthy.

“If you do not wash clothing items often you could be at risk of infection or just feeling and smelling unclean.

“Bedsheets and pillowcases should be washed as if they are dirty this could promote acne, spots and other skin issues due to the dirty bacteria on the sheets transferring to your skin.”

Kirsty Oakes, of Hammonds Furniture, said: “Now that so many of us are working from home and can go for days without seeing people outside our own household, it can be tempting to put the washing off even more.

“However, keeping clean is now more important than ever, and that also goes for our clothes, blankets and bedsheets.

“Make the effort to wear clean, fresh clothes each day (even if you are working from home) and just remember how amazing fresh sheets feel when you climb into bed!”