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How to Reduce Allergies, Asthma and Dermatitis - Pillow Cleaning

By Edited Sep 15, 2015 1 4

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!

Reduce allergies and dust mites

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

Spray disinfectant

Fresh air

Step 1  

Pillow cleaning bed pillows to reduce allergies

Pillow cleaning to reduce allergies

        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.

        Step 3  

        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.

Step 4

Fluff bed pillows to reduce allergies

Reduce allergies - clean the bedroom

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.


Step 5

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.

        Step 6

        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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Allergy Free Bed Pillow

If it's time for a new pillow, you'll love Natural Comfort

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Sometimes, we don't think of simple things like changing out our bed linens but it can help a lot of problems including better sleep!


May 30, 2011 1:08pm
Great article and creepy lead photo :) I read something a few years ago on this subject which recommended using double pillow covers (and just one pillow case). I really think it reduces dust mite possibilities. It also saves the pillow and keeps it fluffier because body oils don't come in contact with it.
May 30, 2011 2:55pm
Thanks for sharing your double pillow covers idea divaonline, makes sense and am sure it will help the readers of this article:)
May 30, 2011 8:36pm
I have a dust allergy and your article is full of great ideas. I never thought of the waterproof pillow covers. I would think they are more effective.

Thanks for the great tips. I will pass your article along. I know others will be interested as well.
Jul 5, 2011 12:06am
Thanks Darlene, I hope these tips are working for you!!
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