Showing posts from September, 2013

Pillow Talk: The Series

Image via Wikipedia Pillows are a source of comfort when they're clean and supportive.  Since I love pillows (I sleep surrounded by at least 4-5 of them) I've decided to do a "mini-series" of articles on them.  Since most people sleep on at least one pillow, some, if not all of the information in these articles should be helpful to you.  I will tell you the importance of replacing pillows and how often you should do so and why.  I will also cover how to choose pillows, including information on the various types, e.g. organic vs. hypo-allergenic, etc.  Also, I've had requests from some of you to provide suggestions on recycling or repurposing pillows.

Please feel free to comment with any suggestions on any pillow-related topic you're interested in knowing more about.

Pillow Talk: 7 Ways To Reuse Your Old Pillows

Now that you have some ideas on how often you should replace your pillows, you may be wondering what you should do with your old pillows.  With millions, if not billions, of old pillows in landfills right now, taking up lots of space, with years to go before they are completely broken down or degraded, you won't want to throw them away.

There are several ways that you can recycle or repurpose your old pillows by making them into other useful items.

First things first:

Always wash and dry your old pillows before recycling or repurposing them.*  I recommend washing them in warm or hot water, add 1/2 cup of white vinegar instead of chlorine bleach for whiteness, and wash and rinse on a normal cycle.  You can then dry them using low to medium heat.  Discard discolored, stained or torn pillow casings. Um, no explanation needed here.  Use a dust mask when handling pillow stuffing just in case you're sensitive or allergic to the fine particles of any of the materials.Collect all of the…

Pillow Talk: How Often Should You Replace Your Pillows?

Replacing Your Pillows
You’re groggy. You’ve had another restless night - tossing and turning, but are unable to get comfortable. What to do?

A good pillow will help you get better sleep, because it provides a soft cushion for your neck and head,  and can also directly affect your spine. Since most pillows often get lumpy (or fall apart) when washed in the washing machine, you may wonder: “How long should I keep my pillows before replacing them?”  Well, look no further! I've done the research for you and what I found out may surprise you.
Allergens & Other Gross Things
If you're an allergy sufferer, like me, you want to do everything you possibly can to lessen your symptoms.  I previously mentioned helpful hints, such as, washing your bedding frequently in hot water to reduce allergens in my article, 10 Tips For Dealing With Spring Allergies.  But is washing your pillowcases enough?  You may ask, "Should I wash my pillows, too?"  or wonder if you should be replacing …

Try Household Plants for Cleaner Indoor Air

If you have a green thumb, keeping your household plants alive is as easy as 1-2-3. However, if you have a "black thumb" like me (a.k.a. the "thumb of death) this is a tall order.

Indoor plants actually act as natural air filters, improving indoor air quality by converting carbon dioxide to oxygen. Additionally, scientists say that they can contribute to clean air by absorbing nasty pollutants such as formaldehyde, carbon monoxide.

Sounds great, right? Before you go shopping, you need to know which plants are the best at keeping indoor air at its best. Research has shown that the following 7 plants are the most effective in contributing to balanced indoor humidity, as well as combating off-gassed chemicals:

1) Boston Fern
2) English Ivy
3) Peace Lily
4) Rubber Plant
5) Areca Palm
6) Gerbera Daisy
7) Spider Plant

I think I'm going to try the Areca Palm, since they are supposed to be hardy plants that require little to no expertise; just medium to bright light and …