We’ve said this before and so have people whose entire expertise is on sleep—sleeping pillows should be replaced approximately 18 to 36 months. This is a large window of time (between 1.5 years to 3 years!), but you’ll know the telltale signs. Among the signals, it starts to lose its ability to support your head and neck while you sleep and it becomes visibly stained, or old-looking, over time.
When the time comes, you don’t have to toss your sleeping pillow. Here are a few ways you can reuse your pillow as it is laid to rest, in a manner of speaking.
DONATE YOUR SLEEPING PILLOW TO AN ANIMAL SHELTER
Shelters typically accept sleeping pillows for their animals. As dogs and cats aren’t as finicky and just want something soft to sleep on, your old pillows will find new life here. Just make sure that the shelter you plan on donating your sleeping pillows to accepts them. While the grateful canine or feline won’t be the discerning type, make sure you get your pillow ready for donation. This means washing your pillow and making sure that you’ve refurbished it as much as you can.