How often do you wash your pillow cases?

A new study shows that your bed sheets can accumulate lots of dead skin, bacteria, fungus and mites after just one night’s sleep!

A “cleaning guru” by the name of Shannon Lush has come out and said that “pillowcases should be changed every second day without fail. It’s against your face, and your hair holds more dirt than anywhere else on the body. It’s like a mop.”

Who even has the time to wash their pillow cases every second day?

We organised to have our pillows tested for germs and bacteria and here are the results!

Microbiology Lab Sydney



Bacteria count was at 85% (this includes from the face, hands, breath, saliva, hair)


5% of the bacteria was deemed to have come from an animal


Surprisingly, 3% of mould was found on Stacey’s pillow



Bacteria count was at 70% (this includes from the face, hands, breath, saliva, hair)


Kristie’s pillow had a large number of dust mites


There were also traces of penicillium (fungi of major importance in the natural environment as well as food and drug)