The Scary Truth About Bacteria on Your Pillowcase  

Our waking hours are full of invisible threats – public transportation, high-contact surfaces, and individuals with different hygiene standards, which put us all at risk of picking up germs. For people concerned about bacteria, getting into bed at night is a huge relief.

But is it really? Not necessarily. With everything we bring into our beds, pillowcases often become dangerous bacterial cesspools that could endanger our health. Unlike a shirt which is washed after a single day of use, bed sheets go unwashed for weeks. So, what can we do to keep our pillowcases clean and ourselves safe? Read on to find out. 

"Unlike a shirt which is washed after a single day of use, bed sheets go unwashed for weeks"

The ugly truth about pillowcases

Pillowcases are where we rest our head for about 8 hours each day. We assume our pillowcases are clean because they look and smell clean. At any given moment, our body has billions of bacteria on it and in it. Most of these bacteria are harmless or beneficial, but some are a nuisance or even quite dangerous. As we sleep, bacteria that are on and in our skin, hair, nose, and mouth get on our pillowcase. In general, skin bacteria love moisture. In fact, the areas of your skin with the most moisture or oil like your face, hair, behind your ears and in your nose and mouth, have the most types of bacteria compared with drier areas of skin. Add on the fact that as we sleep our pillowcases are also soaking up sweat, drool, body oils, makeup and other face creams, hair product, dirt, and dust, and you’ve got a real buffet for bacteria. Did you know that the largest organ in our body is our skin? As our skin maintains itself, we lose between 30,000 and 40,000 dead skin cells every minute of each day. With such a long amount of hours spent with your face and hair pressed against your pillowcase, you begin to understand that bacteria have everything they need to get the party started. In fact, after just one week of use, your pillowcase has over 3 million colony-forming units per square inch of bacteria on them, that’s over 17 thousand times more bacteria than on a toilet seat, according to a study !

Pillowcases are where we rest our head for about 8 hours each day. We assume our pillowcases are clean because they look and smell clean. At any given moment, our body has billions of bacteria on it and in it. Most of these bacteria are harmless or beneficial, but some are a nuisance or even quite dangerous. 

As we sleep, bacteria that are on and in our skin, hair, nose, and mouth get on our pillowcase. In general, skin bacteria love moisture. In fact, the areas of your skin with the most moisture or oil like your face, hair, behind your ears and in your nose and mouth, have the most types of bacteria compared with drier areas of skin. Add on the fact that as we sleep our pillowcases are also soaking up sweat, drool, body oils, makeup and other face creams, hair product, dirt, and dust, and you’ve got a real buffet for bacteria. Did you know that the largest organ in our body is our skin? As our skin maintains itself, we lose between 30,000 and 40,000 dead skin cells every minute of each day. With such a long amount of hours spent with your face and hair pressed against your pillowcase, you begin to understand that bacteria have everything they need to get the party started. In fact, after just one week of use, your pillowcase has over 3 million colony-forming units per square inch of bacteria on them, that’s over 17 thousand times more bacteria than on a toilet seat, according to a study !

What bacteria are we talking about?

According to a survey , which was conducted in partnership with the University of Seville's Department of Biology, after 28 days of sleeping on the same bedding, the types of bacteria that were present on pillowcases and bed sheets are types that can cause pneumonia, gonorrhea, acne, skin ulcers and meningitis to name a few, in addition to bacteria originating from poop.

 

One common type of bacteria found on our face are the bacteria that cause acne. Acne-causing bacteria feed on our skin oils, or sebum. The more sebum our skin produces, due to hormones or sweating from pillowcases made from synthetic fabrics, the more acne-bacteria reproduce and grow, causing acne in the process. Acne-bacteria are frustrating, but not dangerous. However, other bacteria found from the neck up can be incredibly dangerous. S.aureus for example is found on skin and nasal cavities. It can cause major health issues such as boils, abscesses, and cellulitis and even pneumonia and blood, joint or bone infections. Another common bacteria found everywhere on the body is E.coli, which is notorious for causing food poisoning, UTI’s, diarrhea and other issues. Your mouth also carries its share of bacteria including the bacteria that causes plaque, tooth decay and gum infections, all of which can reach your pillowcase as you drool (of course you don’t!) in your sleep.

So how often should you change your pillowcases?

According to a research , surveying over 1000 Americans, the results are not encouraging. People are changing their sheets on average every 24 days or so but can go as long as 35 days before they consider their bedding “gross”. Men on average take 10 days longer to change their sheets, and single guys are redefining hygiene by spending nearly 45 nights in bed without changing their sheets. Based on these numbers, beds are becoming major health risks, with any issues with your bedding potentially having serious impact on your health, and your pillowcases leading the bacteria count on bedding.

Pillowcases realistically need to be changed and washed in hot water every week, or every two weeks at most. This would ensure any allergens, dust mites, bacteria or any other harmful particles and microbes are washed away.

 

Or... you can take the shortcut and go antibacterial

For many people, changing their pillowcases once a week is not realistic, either because they forget or because they can’t be bothered. Who wants to deal with all that hassle and loads of weekly laundry? Having to choose between a weekly nuisance and a health risk is not much of a choice. Luckily, Sonovia has come up with a solution to resolve both issues. Sonovia’s antibacterial pillowcases are proven to protect you in bed! Sonovia’s extra soft cotton pillowcases are proven to eliminate over 99.9% of bacteria, getting rid of these health risks and of bad odors at the same time. Sonovia’s innovative proprietary technology makes sure you can rest your head on a pillowcase that is as clean and fresh as the day you changed it. Sonovia’s innovation doesn’t stop there, though. With their special antibacterial formula, Sonovia’s pillowcases also eliminate over 99.99% of acne-causing bacteria, so while you are fast asleep, your pillowcases are hard at work clearing up those microscopic pimple-causers! In fact, Sonovia’s pillowcases are so effective at self-cleaning, you only need to wash them once a month! How’s that for living in luxury?

 

Our lives are hectic enough. Our beds are the one place we expect to achieve relaxation in a safe environment. But not all pillowcases are created equal, with most standard pillowcases being cesspools of nasty bacteria. With Sonovia’s antibacterial pillowcases, you can literally rest assured that you have a clean surface to rest on at the end of the day, getting the protection you expect and most certainly deserve. Sonovia’s innovative technology takes care of the hygiene of your pillowcase, leaving you to focus on you. Sonovia’s got you covered in bed!

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