The Allergy-Free Bedroom

Your allergies could start acting up anywhere. It could be in a restaurant or when you’re out with friends while you’re walking on the street, or even around certain animals. However, the most common form of allergies affecting respiratory organs and skin is triggered by simple house dust. Keeping your bedroom dust-free decreases your exposure to triggering pathogens by 33% because you spend about 1/3 of your day in your bedroom.
Let's make your room less appealing to dust mites or mold and more comfortable for you. Here are some tips to help you create an allergy-free bedroom.
Eliminate dust mites 
Dust mites, though microscopic, could be living in your bed and bedding. They may trigger allergic reactions and sometimes even asthma in some people, especially when you’re in bed. There are ways to get rid of them, including:
  • Dust-mite-proof bed sheets: Use bed sheets that are dust-mite-proof for your bed and pillows. The best materials are cotton or wool. Don't be tricked into buying polyester or polyester blends, as dust mites love these.
  • Regular washing: Washing your pillowcases, bed sheets and duvet covers regularly eliminates bacteria. 
  • Keep your room clean: Read our blog post here.
Be sure to vacuum very often 
Although carpets could be warm and cozy, they are known to harbor a lot of dust mites. You could consider changing from carpet to linoleum floors or even tiles, something that is less hot, so that these mites cannot hide. However, if you still want to use carpets, then pick out one that has low nap or low pile as that discourages dust mites from breeding more.
Also,  vacuuming weekly (using a vacuum with a HEPA filter and a double bag) really helps to keep these bad boys out. When cleaning your carpet, remember to wear a mask to avoid inhaling all the dust from the vacuum cleaner. Or even better, get a vacuum robot.  I set mine to clean daily - no muss, no fuss!
Utilize light and breezy window blinds or drapes
Most times, people use window blinds and drapes that can only be dry cleaned or are heavy - chances are you won’t wash them often and they will accumulate dust. Try to use drapes that are light, so you wash them regularly. It will help you breathe better especially if you have allergic reactions to dust or asthma.
Also, cleaning and wiping window frames regularly prevents mildew and dust - some key drivers of allergies and upper respiratory problems. 
By all means, declutter your space 
Yes, your mom was right! As much as possible, keep your room breezy and free. Declutter and remove everything that makes it stuffier if you don’t want your room to have a damp feel whenever you come in. 
  • Reduce unnecessary upholstery and make the room a lot more habitable. 
  • Move all books and magazines and even decorative items from the room so you can afford to dust your room more. 
  • Make sure you don’t store anything under your bed.  
  • If you have trouble decluttering your bedroom, get some inspiration from Marie Kondo: Keep only what sparks joy and find a place for everything.
Keep your room airy and a little cold

You want to keep your room cool and dry - an ideal sleeping environment.

Mold and dust mites thrive in a damp environment, meaning that they prefer it when your room is warm. If your room is hot, use air conditioning to keep the room air fresh and cool. If you live in an area that is warm and has a climate that is sweaty, you could use a dehumidifier to reduce the humidity. Turn off the heat completely and turn up the air conditioning. You could try using air filters that can keep the air fresher and devoid of dust.
Use Bed sheets made with Organic Dyes 
Synthetic dyes are made with toxic and harsh chemicals that could also be allergens. Natural dyes, on the other hand, are chemical-free and made from plants - making them skin-soothing. To avoid a constant allergic reaction whenever you lie on your bed, use bed sheets and fabrics made with only organic dyes.  
These tips are your best bet if you usually have allergic reactions at home.  
Aizome produces only 100% all-natural plant-based products. The fabrics are breathable and unsuitable for the habitation of dust mites and will definitely help with your allergy control. To learn more about our fabrics, click here.