Latex and memory foam pillows inhibit the growth of mold, fungus and dust mites. These are also considered two of the best mattress types for overall health as well. They are considered naturally hypo-allergenic and will help protect your health from these home invaders. The cellular nature of these two materials and the lack of tasty fibers proves inhospitable to dust mites and is not supportive of bacteria and fungus.
The benefits of latex and memory foam pillows are numerous as their contours provide support to the neck and head for back and side sleepers, in addition to protecting you from the dust mite ecosystem. No pillow is 100% free of dust mites, so it is important to cover all pillows when they are first purchased.
Waterproof and dust mite proof covers prevent the transfer of mites and moisture. Research both latex and memory foam pillows and see which one will best fit your needs. We recommend 100% natural latex pillows and plant-based memory foam pillows.
In addition to replacing fiber pillows with latex and memory foam pillows you should also:
*To reduce allergens, use mite-proof protective covers on all pillows in the home, including memory foam and latex pillows. Mattresses and box springs should also be fully encased for optimal effect. New types of covers are more comfortable and quiet than old “plastic” styles and help protect your purchase and your health.
*Put the cover on your pillow from day one, and only remove it for laundering.
*Wash all bedding in hot water to kill dust mites and bacteria; cool water doesn’t work for this purpose.
*Sheets, pillowcases and mattress pads should be washed at least once a week. Comforters and blankets should also be washed regularly, at least once every two weeks.
*NIEH recommends freezing non-washable bedding overnight to kill dust mites.
*Clean and vacuum mattresses at least every spring and fall per manufacturer instructions. One estimate is that within a ten year period, the amount of dead skin combined with dust mites and their feces would actually double the weight of your mattress. While opinions are are mixed, a mattress protector is a fairly cheap investment in your health.
*Use dehumidifiers to keep indoor humidity below 50%.
*Vacuum and steam clean carpets and rugs regularly, and use vacuums with HEPA filters so dust is captured and not released back into the air.
After reading about the startling inhabitants of a pillow within in the home you may be compelled to rush out and purchase the first replacement you find. Relax and remember you have been sleeping with these guys for a few months at least, one more day probably isn't going to hurt.