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Wearing breathable pajamas to bed at night can help you cut down on problematic sweating that can easily get all over your pillowcase and sheets.


What Is the Size of a Standard Pillow Case?

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Pillow cases sound like a pretty straightforward concept, right? Actually, you’d be surprised by the number of things you don’t know about pillow cases like sizes, materials, care instructions, etc. Thankfully, we are here to tell you everything you need to know so that you can kill the pillow case game without sleeping one more night on a dirty, hard, mismatched pillow case. 

What Is the Size of a Standard Pillow Case?

Odds are pretty good that you have at least one standard-sized pillow on your bed. But how big is a standard-sized pillow case? A standard pillow case measures 20 inches in width and 27 inches in length. That way, you have enough room for your precious head without the actual pillow taking up the entire bed! While a standard-sized pillow is definitely the most common type of pillow, there is another option...

What’s the Difference Between King-Sized Pillow Cases and Standard Pillow Cases?

In addition to a standard-size pillow, there are also king-sized pillows. King-sized pillows are ideal for bigger beds, like kings or California Kings, since they will take up more room on the bed rather than looking disproportionate or miniature compared to the bigger bed. A king-sized pillow case measures 20 inches in width and 37 inches in length -- making it 10 inches longer than a standard-sized pillow case. If you have a bigger bed, it’s definitely a good idea to combine king-sized pillows with standard-sized pillows to create an appealing bed aesthetic fit for an interior design magazine. 

What Is the Best Type of Pillow?

We’ve talked about pillow cases...but what about pillows? After all, this is what actually goes inside of a pillow case and is a pretty important element of your bedding. Everyone has their favorite pillow, so we are going to break down some of the different types of pillows out there so that you can have one too! 

  • Feather pillows: Feather pillows are a great fit if you’re looking for a soft yet supportive pillow that will never go flat! Feather pillows are typically made out of goose and duck feathers that are actually quite strong and supportive -- although they are small.

  • Down pillows: Down pillows are definitely softer than regular feather pillows since they are made from the natural underlayment of waterfowl. And while this may be a good thing, there is such a thing as too soft! Down on its own doesn’t provide much support, so it’s frequently mixed in with regular pillows for a top-of-the-line pillow option.

  • Memory foam pillows: If feathers aren’t your thing but support is, you may want to try out a memory foam pillow. These pillows are able to contour perfectly to different weights and shapes and also never go flat. They are available as a single piece of memory foam as well as shredded memory foam.

  • Polyfill pillows: Polyfill pillows are a common choice since this synthetic material is cheap to make and therefore, it’s cheap to buy as well! Depending on the specific design, polyfill can either be super soft or super firm. Although, it does have the potential to flatten over time.

  • Microbead pillows: Finally, there are microbead pillows. This is the same material that is commonly found in travel pillows. It consists of tiny unexpanded polystyrene beads that easily contour to different shapes and positions while still remaining firm at the same time!

What Is the Best Type of Pillow Case?

When it comes to the best type of pillow case, there are a lot of options to consider. However, one option that you may have never considered is a silver-infused pillow case. The Miracle Brand is able to take silver fibers and combine them with super-soft high-quality cotton fibers to create amazing pillow cases that are actually antibacterial in nature! This is because the silver fibers act as a magnet for bacteria and germs thanks to the positive ions within the metal. They are able to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria which translates into less laundry for you and better skin as a result. 

Miracle Brand offers two types of pillow cases: the Signature pillow case and the Extra Luxe pillow case. The Signature pillow case has 350-thread count cotton and comes in both standard and king sizes. The Extra Luxe pillow case has 500-thread count Supima cotton and comes in colors like slate gray, sky blue, and classic white. With these options and benefits, the pillow cases from Miracle Brand are definitely the best out there. 

How to Take Care of Your Pillow Cases

Taking care of your pillow cases can seem like a lot of work! This is especially true if they have been stained by sweat or body oils. Thankfully, regularly washing your pillow cases is the best way to take care of them. Here’s how to do it properly:

  • Wash regular pillow cases after every four days or so -- or twice a week! At the very most, you should be sleeping on your pillow case for one week.

  • Wash your pillow cases with other bedding in similar colors to prevent bleeding and color transfer.

  • If you need to remove deep-set stains in your pillow cases, soak them before washing in a mixture of warm water, oxygen bleach, or Borax. Allow them to sit overnight in the mixture.

  • Wash your pillow cases using the hottest water cycle and the correct amount of liquid detergent.

  • Either tumble dry your pillow cases on low heat or hang them up to dry outside for pillow cases that are totally fresh and clean!

How to Keep Your Pillow Case Clean

Believe it or not, but pillow cases can get really nasty really quickly! And even though you should still be washing your pillow case even more frequently than you wash your actual sheets, there are some steps that you can take to keep your pillow cases clean and extend their life so that you aren’t constantly doing laundry. Here are a couple of ways that you can help keep your pillow case clean and free of problematic bacteria, residue, and germs:

  • If you want to keep your pillow case clean, then you definitely need to be showering before you get into bed. That way, excess sweat and body oils can be removed from your face and body so that they don’t get all over your pillow cases and sheets!

  • If you really must skip the shower before bedtime, at least wipe down any dirty areas (like your feet) and remove any makeup by washing your face. Not only does this benefit the delicate skin on your face, but it benefits the cleanliness of your sheets as well.

  • Wearing breathable pajamas to bed at night can help you cut down on problematic sweating that can easily get all over your pillow case and sheets. Sweat stains can be really difficult to get rid of, so avoid getting them in the first place by giving yourself a cool sleeping environment with a fan, air conditioning unit, silky breathable sheets, and light blankets.

  • Avoid food items that make your face really oily. Your diet plays a big role in how oily your face is -- and that oil can then be transferred to your pillow case. This means avoiding fried foods, sugar foods, salty foods, processed foods, alcohol, and dairy products.

    Final Thoughts

    As it turns out, there’s more to pillow cases than you probably realized! Now that you’re an expert, you’re ready to get out there, buy the best pillows and pillow cases, and take care of them so that they benefit your skin and overall health. 

    Did you know?

    Wearing breathable pajamas to bed at night can help you cut down on problematic sweating that can easily get all over your pillowcase and sheets.


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