The Benefits Of Hypoallergenic Pillow CasesRoyal Beddings
When we sleep at night, our face is in contact with the pillow the whole time. So if you are looking to get rid of your allergies, and wondered about the importance and difference of regular pillow cases and hypoallergenic pillow cases, then you will be surprised what is hiding inside your pillow. To get rid of the dust mite allergy, pillow cases are something you have to be aware of and learn how they affect your allergic reactions.
In general, hypoallergenic pillow cases can be a real game-changer for people with allergic reactions, since a pillow is an object that mostly causes unpleasant reactions like watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, asthma, etc. There are many types of hypoallergenic pillow cases to be found on the market, and not all of them are a good investment.
Bedrooms can be a true nest for dust mites and other allergens, so investing time and money into making your bedroom dust mite-free would be wise. Because of that, I am going to show you what you need to know before deciding to make a purchase, and how these types of covers are beneficial for you. Pillows are indeed a great way to start from, but keep in mind that only changing your pillow case may not be enough to completely get rid of allergic reactions to dust mites, however, this is a great first step in making that goal accomplished. Learn more about how to protect yourself from dust mites with my Tips On Allergy-Proof Bed Covers.
Should I Use Pillow Cases?
Truth to be told, I have heard stories from people that do not want to use a pillow case, because it makes their sleep uncomfortable. Worth pointing out that this statement is completely false, and you should use a pillow case over your pillow every time you go to sleep. There is a number of reasons why is that a good idea, but if your cover does really makes your sleep uncomfortable, then it is definitely a time to make a change.
Even if you decide to keep your regular cases instead of using hypoallergenic pillow cases, you can also achieve a lot if you follow a regular pattern of bed maintenance, but you also have to be regular with cleaning around the house.
Let’s take a look at why pillow cases are beneficial for our sleep and allergy reduction.
We all know the main purpose of all covers and cases. They are used to protect something from external effects. If you do not use a cover or a case, you will have to wash and treat your pillows and other beddings much more often, which is not a good idea in this case. Blankets, pillows, and mattresses are not really easy to wash effectively, and in most cases, they do require a professional cleaning service to really get the job done. In order to save time and energy, I always recommend using covers since they are way easier to maintain.
I had pillow cases that were uncomfortable, but that only means I need to learn more about what makes them behave that way. Is it the case, or it is the pillow? Whatever it is, it can be solved fairly easily and you can make your sleep finally comfortable in no time.
Usually, low-end cases and pillows can cause discomfort. This includes cases that cost only a couple of dollars, or it can be labeled as something extraordinary, but after you tried it, it might only cause neck pain and more discomfort.
To ensure comfort and stability, look for mid-range priced covers that are made from a certified manufacturer. Truth to be told, 90% of covers won’t cause discomfort, as long as you pick a nice, decent cover at a reasonable price.
This is closely related to the protective properties of covers, but hygiene is what matters the most. During our sleep, our body is producing sweat, body oils, but also dead skin cells are being disposed of. Dead skin cells are the food for dust mites, and this is where blankets, pillows, mattresses and all beddings become a hunting ground for dust mites.
Using a cover, this is much easier to handle and contain. If you change your cover on a regular basis, say once every week, or two weeks if the season is not hot, then you are in the safe zone. Bedding hygiene should be your #1 priority when trying to get rid of allergic reactions, but also in general.
Hypoallergenic Pillow Cases Tips & Benefits
We spend about 1/3 of our life span sleeping and spending time in bed. If you take a moment to think about that, that is really a lot of time. Our head is resting on a pillow for so much time, and if that same pillow case is causing allergic reactions, we can guess what it does to our body and why we have allergic reactions.
Dust mites, moisture, and other allergens can easily get inside the cover if we are not changing and washing our cover very often, but most importantly, if we are not using the right type of cover. Moisture is what makes it their breeding ground, so imagine what happens during hot seasons where we sweat a lot, and this is also connected to our body producing body oils.
This is where hypoallergenic pillow cases come into play, and we will learn how these covers can completely change our lives and how we deal with the allergies.
I cannot express how important it is to buy covers that are breathable, since there are many covers out there that offer a lot, but on the other hand, provide poor airflow of the fabric, which is not something I recommend buying.
Breathability is what determines the quality of your hypoallergenic pillow case. If you are looking to buy a high-quality cover that will help you fight off allergies, look for breathability properties of that cover. Cotton would be your best pick since this material provides excellent breathability and airflow of the fabric.
If a fabric has poor airflow properties, this means it will trap moisture and water. As we mentioned earlier, moisture is a breeding ground for dust mites and other allergens, but covers that have this problem can also produce unpleasant smells and skin rashes, which is something you need to be careful about.
First of all, I need to address that the term “waterproof” is often used with beddings and covers, but none of these fabrics and materials are actually waterproof. When a fabric is waterproof, that means that it is completely sealed off and it does not allow water or moisture to pass through.
Imagine if you had beddings that do not allow water and moisture to go through. Everything will stay trapped inside the fabric, and it would be washable and maintainable at all. To wrap it up, there is no such thing as waterproof bedding or a cover, at least not commercially. It is possible to make a fabric completely waterproof, but this process costs thousands of dollars and it is used only on specific fabrics and objects which serve a much larger purpose.
Waterproof is actually water-resistant, so keep that in mind. Covers that are water-resistant have a certain degree of problems. For example, water and moisture hardly penetrate through the fabric, but the process is still occurring. Maintenance and washing is a problem since we will be unable to effectively clean the cover, and this can cause allergic reactions since moisture and water will stay trapped.
Water-resistant covers are also noisy, and since we all move during sleep and switch sides, there are cases where the noise might wake you up. On the other hand, there are some polyester covers that do not have this issue, usually polyester of better quality.
They also cause breathability issues since the fabric is woven in a way that our skin hardly breathes during the night. During winter this might be more of use, but I definitely do not recommend using this type of pillow cover during Spring or Summer.
Depending on the type of material, you can get the best(or worst) of things we mentioned earlier. Buying hypoallergenic pillow covers can be tricky if you are unsure about what you are looking for.
To save you some time, look for a material that will provide a proper blend of breathability, quality, and comfort. This is the key recipe for making the right purchase and to have a pillow case that will make no allergic reactions whatsoever.
Cotton or microfiber is something I recommend since these materials and fabrics are tested and people had a great experience using them, especially the ones with allergies. Both materials have excellent airflow properties and are very comfortable to use. Durability is also on the highest degree, so no questions about that one.
If a product says 100% cotton or microfiber, then this is a safe buy for getting the right type of hypoallergenic pillow case.
RELATED: Top 5 Dust Mite Resistant Fabrics.
Hypoallergenic Pillow Case Maintenance
Usually, you do not have to wash and maintain hypoallergenic covers as much as standard ones, but keep in mind that reading through the label and description of your newly bought covers is a good idea.
I recommend doing it once a month since this is the safe spot for all hypoallergenic pillow cases. Use eco-friendly and organic-based detergents for washing, since it is not required to use strong chemicals for washing these types of covers.
Covers of such type are not bothersome and they do not require a lot of attention. When washed, be sure to let them dry on open air or in a dryer. Avoid using high-temperatures for drying.
Read more about maintenance and cleaning on the article called Home Cleaning Tips for Allergy Sufferers.
Covers That Cause Allergic Reactions
Low-end covers that could be made from poor quality polyester of any plastic material can cause allergic reactions. These low-cost covers are not controlled as much as standard and high-end covers, and this is why you might experience skin rashes, and other skin related allergic reactions.
Latex material can also cause reactions to some people, so if you have difficulties with your allergies, be sure to consult with your allergist before buying covers based on that material.
If a pillow case does not have a zipper, this might also cause issues, since the button-based closing pattern does not completely seal off the pillow from external effects. Moisture, germs, and dust mites can easily pass through and cause allergic reactions.
Keep in mind that covers that use a zipper are a much better solution. They are easier to use, and you can completely close off the pillow. Also, buttons can fall off after some time of using the cover, which is also an issue.
Additional Tips For Keeping Dust Mites Away
Tip #1 of keeping the dust mites away is regular house cleaning and maintenance. If you invest all the money in the world into buying hypoallergenic beddings, covers, and mattresses, this will do little for you if you do not keep your cleaning duties. Vacuuming, dusting, and mopping is of big importance when it comes to fighting off allergies, so pick one day in a week where you will do those three things, and be consistent about it. General, spring and yearly cleaning is also a must.
Dust mites love upholstered furniture, carpets and decorative objects since this is where we do not pay much attention when dusting. Dust is where dust mites spend their time in, so by dusting or completely removing your carpets and decorative objects, you will do yourself a favor since dust mite allergy will become less of a problem.
Change your sheets and beddings on a regular basis, since these are all magnets for dust mites.
RELATED: Facts On Dust Mite Resistant Blanket.
So know when we learned all about hypoallergenic pillow cases, now you are ready to determine what works best of you and if this is something you need to buy. Remember, high-quality covers need to provide 3 things: breathability, quality, and comfort. If it doesn’t provide all of it, then it is not worth spending your money on such a product.
We also addressed how regular house maintenance and cleaning is important. Be sure to create a schedule with your household and keep your house squeaky clean!
Let me know in the comment section down below what you think about these pillow cases, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask. I will be more than happy to respond.