How to Reduce Allergens in the Bedroom
Eliminate Excess Fabric, Upholstery, and Carpeting
Allergens like dust mites, dander, and mold spores can collect in bedroom fabric and upholstery over time. So, the first step you should take to allergen-proof your bedroom is to eliminate excess bedding or furniture that can make a cozy home for these allergens. If it’s feasible, the removal of carpet can be beneficial as well.
Use Hypoallergenic Bedding
Bedding with a hypoallergenic filling is a must for allergy sufferers to enjoy a restful night’s sleep. For many people, down alternative bedding is the best choice. Down alternatives like memory foam, polyester fiber, and cotton help keep your bed free from irritants. Pillows, comforters, blankets, and pads filled with down alternative material will give you all the comfort of down feathers without making allergies worse. For more anti-allergen bedding options, read our Tips on Choosing Hypoallergenic Bedding Materials.
Block Dust Mites With Barrier Covers
Dust mites, tiny insects that are invisible to the human eye, are a major offender when it comes to bedroom allergens. Mattresses, pillows, and comforters all provide hospitable environments for dust mites – a typical mattress can harbor up to 10 million of these pests. These creatures consume dead skin cells to survive, and they thrive in dark, warm, humid environments.
Deprive dust mites of a home by encasing your mattress, box spring, and pillows with allergen barrier covers. For a dust mite allergy, use bedding covers with pores sized at 10 microns or less.
Wash Your Blankets and Sheets Once a Week
Keep your bedding clean to stop allergens in their tracks. To kill dust mites and mold that may already be in your bedding, rinse your blankets and sheets once a week in water that is at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit. For bedding that can’t be washed in hot water, use an anti-allergen detergent. For more tips on how to clean bedding, read our Bedding Care and Cleaning FAQs.
Deter Mold Growth With Breathable Materials
Mold is a fluffy fungus that thrives in the dark and damp spaces of your bed. Organic bedding materials absorb moisture from the body more efficiently than other types of material, so they can prevent mold growth. Most organic fibers are derived from vegetables and plants that have been cultivated without the use of chemicals and pesticides, so bedding made from these materials also doesn’t irritate the sensitive skin of allergy sufferers. Use anti-allergen fabrics like woven cotton or linen. To explore naturally breathable mattresses, read about the Best Hypoallergenic Mattresses for Allergy Sufferers.
Remove the Source of Pet Dander
Pet dander is often another cause of discomfort for people with allergies. All horizontal surfaces can hold pet dander and it often hangs in the air. If you’re allergic to pet dander, ensure that animals are barred entry to your bedroom. Use a HEPA filter vacuum and a HEPA air filter to remove any lingering particles. You can also minimize pet dander problems with allergen barrier covers that have pores under 6 microns in size.