Take a look at your bedroom pillow. And your family’s pillows. When is the last time they were washed or replaced?

The pillows collect dust mites and other yucky things. Consider replacing your pillow, or all the pillows.

The cost of new pillows ranges from low to high, so shop around, and make a budget and schedule for buying new pillows to sleep on.

If your pillows are relatively new, you can wash and dry them. I like these instructions from Consumer Reports. They recommend washing your pillow every 6 months. Drying the pillow with tennis balls helps keep it from clumping up in the dryer. I am putting tennis balls on my grocery pickup order right now, just for this purpose. Because I’m pretty sure it’s been more than 6 months since I washed the family pillows.

I admit that today’s prompt doesn’t exactly ring with Christmas magic, but think of it as a gift to yourself and your family.

(Image credit: Małgorzata Smożewska )

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