3 Ways to Fight Eczema and Allergies in Bed

Categories Eczema, Environmental Allergies

We spend a lot of time in bed (or at least I do), so its only natural that your bed is a good place to fight your eczema and allergies.

1. Sheets

  • Use 100% cotton sheets and pillowcases.
  • Look for sheets that do not say “Easy Care” or “Wrinkle Free”. These fabrics are treated with chemicals such as formaldehyde to make them look nicer out of the dryer. It is best to avoid these chemicals as much as possible, as they can cause skin reactions. (This advice is the same for shirts and pants that are labeled this way)
    • You can read more about wrinkle free cotton here
  • Wash your bedding at least once a week in hot water.

2. Mattress

  • Cover with an allergy mattress cover.
    • I use this White Mountain Mattress Cover
    • This mattress cover protects from dust mites and as an added bonus also protects your mattress against bed bugs. The cover is also waterproof, while still being breathable.
  • If you do not have a mattress cover, vacuum your mattress every few weeks. Sprinkle the top of the mattress with baking soda, let sit, then vacuum up.
  • Lift up your mattress and vacuum around your bed frame, which can collect a lot of dust.

3. Pillows

  • Cover your pillows with allergy covers to protect from dust mites and prolong the life of your pillows. I take off the allergy covers and wash about once a month with my sheets.
  • You can wash your synthetic fill pillows! I was scared to at first, but they came out perfectly. I put two in my washer, and used a small amount of detergent. Then put them in the dryer with wool dryer balls to fluff them. (You can also use clean tennis balls in socks.) They came out clean and fluffy.

 

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