Dust mites are a major cause of allergies, asthma and dermatitis and can be prevented with proper pillow cleaning.
Keep your bed linens as clean as possible to reduce problems!Credit: istockphoto.com
Pillows can hold soil, perspiration, moisture and dust mites which can trigger allergies, asthma and dermatitis. Bed pillows can be a big part of the problem with allergies from dust mites if they are old and haven't been cleaned properly in a while. If you or someone you know suffers from allergies, it could be time for a thorough bed linen cleaning to not only keep them germ free clean, as well as dust and soil free but, also to help improve sleep and to reduce allergies, asthma or dermatitis with these steps.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Instructions on How to Reduce Allergies
Things You'll Need for pillow cleaning:
Mild cleanser/hot water
Scotchguard or similar soil repellent
Pillow cleaning bed pillows to reduce allergiesCredit: istockphoto.com
Maintaining the cleanliness of that soft cushy head rest should start by first cleaning them when they're new and then weekly with a mild cleanser. Read the instructions for cleaning and if recommended, place in the washing machine on a gentle cycle and hot water to remove all chemicals, dust, soil and perspiration. If it's time for new ones, check out my favorite comfort head rest below.
Air dry pillows
Place them in the clothes dryer if recommended by the manufacturer or air completely dry by hanging. Moist pillows will draw mold and mildew which is a contributing factor for allergies, so be sure that the pillows get completely dry.
Add a soil repellent after pillow cleaning
Spray the bed pillows with a soil repellent like Scotchguard monthly to give additional protection from soil or perspiration, allow to air dry completely.
Fluff bed pillows to reduce allergiesCredit: istockphoto.com
Cover with a cover or waterproof cover to maintain cleanliness and keep dust mites out. Make the bed daily, folding down the top layer. Dust mites prefer warm, dark places to live and breed so keep the top cover down like they do in a hotel room. Hotels make the bed in this way specifically to stop those pesky dust mites so follow they're lead and your bedroom will look great too! (now you know one of the secrets). Be sure to give the bed pillows a few shakes and fluffs every day to avoid dust mites from harboring.
Use a disinfectant to prevent allergies, asthma and dermatitis
Spray the bed and all linens weekly with a disinfectant to reduce allergies, asthma and dermatitis. Open the windows as often as possible to keep fresh air in the bedroom. Check out my favorite product for getting rid of bed insects below.
Keep a clean bedroom and home
Dust the bedroom and home frequently to lessen the likelihood of increasing the amount of dust mites in the home. Following these tips weekly should allow a good night's rest and help to prevent problems in the future.
Tips & Warnings
Read the manufacturers suggested cleaning for bed pillows and follow as instructed - most pillows can be washed in a washing machine on a delicate cycle
Cut the tags off with scissors, never tearing to avoid tears
Frequent pillow cleaning after any spills or additional soiling will help
Use soil repellent such as Scotchguard or a natural repellent as directed
Replace bed pillows if they are old and you are unable to remove stains and dirt to reduce allergies- better to be safe than sorry
Seek medical advice from a physician or local Ask-A-Nurse program for other concerns with allergies, asthma or dermatitis conditions
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