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How Long Do Bamboo Pillows Last? (How to Make Them Last Longer)

This post is a part of the complete polyester pillow buyers guide

Sleeping well is one of the greatest stimulants to start a great day and having the right pillow is a great step in the right direction.

In today’s world, sleeping on beds and pillows is the order of the day. If you want to have a sound sleep, the kind of bed and pillows you use play a great role.

There are different types of beds and pillows with most having a peculiar size and texture. Recently, the bamboo pillow has become popular among available types of pillows.

This popularity has induced many questions about the durability of bamboo pillows. Looking for answers to how long bamboo pillows last and ways to extend bamboo pillow lifetime?

Then, this is the right piece for you. 

Bamboo Pillow Construction

Predicting how long bamboo pillows last or what determines a bamboo pillow’s lifespan is heavily dependent on understanding the pillow’s construction.

The name “Bamboo Pillow” is coined from the bamboo fibers used in the casing to provide a velvety, soft, naturally-cooling, hypoallergenic sleep surface unlike any other on the market.

Most bamboo pillows are made using shredded memory foam or a shredded memory foam combination to give a malleable, softer feel.

As a result, these pillows can be manipulated or modified to fit a wide range of sleep postures and comfort requirements.

How Long Do Bamboo Pillows Last?

Some individuals believe that bamboo pillows are “seemingly superior” to other types of pillows because they include more natural fibers, are comfier, and have more health benefits. But, how long do these bamboo pillows actually last?

Bamboo pillows can last up to two years if used regularly and properly cared for. Care for bamboo pillows includes changing the pillowcases once a week and washing the pillows once every three to six months.

Nevertheless, the quantity of filth that accumulates on a pillow will eventually determine how long it will survive. A dirty and smelly pillow (even if it is just a few months old) will be discarded right away. However, a clean and unused pillow can be stored for many years without being touched.

Well, now you know what to expect in terms of the durability of the bamboo pillow. The challenge now is how to tell when it’s time to replace a worn-out cushion.

Keep reading to find out!

How do You Know When Your Bamboo Pillow Has Expired?

Unlike packaged items, bamboo cushions do not have an expiration date. To evaluate whether or not your bamboo pillow needs to be replaced, is to physically inspect it. There’s a list of indicators that a pillow has likely “expired”, and some of the things to consider are are:

  • There are noticeable bumps, lumps, and strange-looking material emerging on the surface of the pillow.
  • Permanent stains will remain on the pillow even after it has been cleaned.
  • When you first wake up, you may experience neck and shoulder pain.
  • When you wake up, you have headaches and are fatigued.
  • You wake up sneezing because of dust mites after sleeping on the pillow.

Thus, the bamboo pillow with all these indicators becomes flat and unable to be properly fluffed.  

How to Make Your Bamboo Pillow Last Longer

Getting your bamboo pillow to last longer is simple. There are just some maintenance steps you have to put in mind to get a longer life cycle from the pillow. Let’s examine some of these pillow life extension tips:

  • Use a pillowcase and change it regularly

Always use a pillowcase to offer an extra layer of protection to your pillow. Pillowcases aren’t just “for decoration”. They also absorb a lot of dirt, oil, and moisture which makes them a great choice. Simply ensure that you replace your pillow cases once a week and that you carefully wash them.

  • You should wash your pillow regularly

Yes, bamboo pillows can be washed. Many people were unaware of this feature until recently. Regardless of how tight you seal your pillowcase, some oil and dirt may penetrate the pillow… It will eventually get filthy and stinky. As a result, you should wash the cushion at least once every few months. 

In the section below, we’ll go over how to wash and dry a bamboo pill

  • Don’t go to bed sweating and smelling like a mess

Don’t sleep if you’re filthy and sweaty from a workout. To begin with, it is uncomfortable and makes falling asleep difficult. Moreover, the muck will become stuck to the pillows and mattress. This keeps building gradually and you end up with a nasty hipster bed. To avoid this, always try to take a bath or change into new clothing before going to bed.

  • Keep the atmosphere dry

It’s essential to keep the bamboo pillow dry or mold will form on it. The molds lure insects that find it extremely tempting to remain in the vicinity. All you need to do is simply keep it as clean and dry as possible at all times. Also, sleeping with only dry hair goes a long way in keeping your bamboo pillow dry.

  • Vacuum the pillow

Yes. This is especially vital if you have a dusty room. It will eliminate all of the dust from your pillow and prevent hazardous dust mites from creating a home in it.

  • Regularly Fluffing Your Bamboo Pillow

Giving your bamboo pillow a good shake before use is one of the best ways to prolong its lifespan. You can prevent your pillow from flattening out faster than usual by fluffing it up regularly before use. 


If you follow the washing guidelines and tips above, you can extend the life of your bamboo pillows. Always remember to use a moderate cycle and warm water when washing the bamboo cover. The pillow’s fragile memory foam necessitates hand washing most times which produces better results.

With proper care, bamboo pillows can last up to a year and a half. However, even though they are capable of surviving much longer, this is the recommended lifespan before they need to be replaced.

Examine your sleeping habits in the last 18 months. Was it a restful night’s sleep? Do you find it easy to fall asleep, or do you have to think about it? Consider the answers to these questions to decide whether you need a new pillow already!

Bamboo Pillows: A Complete Buyers Guide – Parts:

1. Why Use a Bamboo Pillow? The Benefits & Drawbacks
2. How Long Do Bamboo Pillows Last? (How to Make Them Last Longer)
3. How to Sleep on a Bamboo Pillow: Guide and Tips
4. Why do Bamboo Pillows Smell? And How to Get Rid of it
5. How to Clean and Dry a Bamboo Pillow: Step by Step Guide
6. Do Bamboo Pillows Attract Bugs And Dust Mites?
7. Will a Bamboo Pillow Make You Sleep Hot or Cool?
8. Are Bamboo Pillows Good For Skin and Hair?

Niklas Lampi

My name is Niklas and I'm the author and content operator at The Bedding Planet. I've always had a big interest in bedding and more specifically sleep. If I find something that makes me sleep better, whether that's a lifestyle change or a better bedding environment, I'm ready to share it with the world!

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