What makes a duvet anti allergy

Hollowfibre duvets are a light and breathable, thanks to spacing between the fibres within the duvet. This spacing is what gives hollowfibre duvets its name. Hollowfibre duvets can feel light and springy, which some prefer over a duvet with a heavier feel.

Benefits of hollowfibre duvets

Breathable fabric for warmer nights

There are a number of benefits to having a hollowfibre duvet. They are extremely adaptable, which makes them a grand duvet for use every year circular. The spacing between the fibres makes the duvet highly breathable, which is grand for warmer nights.

Hollowfibre Duvets are also much lighter than other duvet options, making it the ideal choice for warm nights or if you love to use a duvet which doesn’t offer much weight.

Easy to care for

If you’re looking for a duvet which is simple to care for, hollowfibre duvets from Cuddledown are machine washable and are drier safe. This makes hollowfibre duvets much easier to care for than alternative fillings. If you’re looking for a duvet which is low maintenance then a hollowfibre duvet is a grand choice for you.

Suitable for allergy sufferers

Hollowfibre duvets use a man made synthetic, meaning they’re suitable for allergenic’s who cannot use a feather duvet.

Hollowfibre duvets can be washed at 60 degrees, which is the ideal temperature for killing dust mites and bacteria.


Hollowfibre vs Microfibre Duvets: Which is better?

Both hollowfibre and microfibre duvets come with their own unique features and benefits. The better option will depend on your personal preferences of how you desire your duvet to feel.

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Hollowfibre vs Microfibre Duvets: Which is better?

Both hollowfibre and microfibre duvets come with their own unique features and benefits.

The better option will depend on your personal preferences of how you desire your duvet to feel.

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Our Recommended Pillows and Duvets at a Glance

Pillows for allergies:

  1. Anti-allergy Pillows with Healthguard™
  2. Spundown Home-washable polyester-fill pillows
  3. Child’s Soft Support Pillow (Suitable for Adults Too)
  4. FeatherFresh boilable duck feather & below pillows
  5. Cool Touch Pillow

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Duvets for allergies:

  1. Spundown Home-Washable Duvets
  2. Natural Wool-filled Duvets for allergies
  3. Fossflakes Thermo-regulating Duvets
  4. Silk Wash SuperCool lightweight boilable silk-&-cotton duvet
  5. Breathe, the Hypoallergenic, Climate Control Duvet

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Hypoallergenic or Anti-allergy?

There is now a bewildering array of bedding on the market that claim to be «hypoallergenic duvets» or «anti-allergy pillows.» For anyone with an allergic condition, making the incorrect choice is not only an expensive error but could be a serious health risk.

«Hypoallergenic» means that the pillow or duvet is less likely to trigger allergies. «Anti-allergy» means that the pillow or duvet has been treated in some way to combat the development of dustmites or offer protection against their allergen.


Synthetic or natural-fill

Since the dustmite doesn’t care what your pillow is filled with, the choice of a natural fill or synthetic is entirely personal, although recent studies at St George’s Hospital, London and elsewhere own shown that synthetic pillows harbour more home dustmites than those filled with traditional feather and down.

But whichever filling is used, dustmites can be killed and their allergen denatured and destroyed when bedding is washed at temperatures of 60°C and above.

It is essential, therefore, that any pillows and duvets you purchase can endure repeated washing at this temperature or higher.

If washed frequently (at least once every three months and preferably monthly) at a high temperature, every pillows and duvets can be kept free of dustmites and their allergenic droppings.

Unfortunately pillows and duvets filled with 100% silk or other natural fillings such as cashmere, camelhair or pure goosedown cannot be washed at 60°C, if at every. Although they can be dry-cleaned, which kills the mites and removes some of the allergen, the quantity is variable (20-70%). Dry-cleaning is also an unsuitable process for anyone sensitive to chemicals.

Many pillows and duvets filled with synthetic clusters are washable but most are restricted to a 40°C wash and low temperature drying programme, which means the dustmites and their allergen will not be removed.

Synthetic fabrics and fillings are also generally too boiling for anyone with eczema, so natural fillings for pillows and duvets such as cotton or wool, silk, bamboo floss or feather-and-down are a cooler choice, particularly when they own a pure cotton cover.

Polyester covers should be avoided as they are rarely dustmite-proof.


New M&S anti-allergy bedding

DreamSkin fitted sheet

The base of a excellent night’s relax, this fitted sheet is made using the same brilliant technology to that of the duvet and pillowcases.

Buy now: DreamSkin Anti-allergy Fitted Sheet, from £19.50, M&S

Related: How to sleep better – simple ways to get a excellent night’s rest

*Intelligent Fabric Technologies Ltd has developed a polymer which is a breakthrough in the management of skin conditions.

Those include eczema and dermatitis, under the brand name DreamSkin.

The new technology is a Class1 medical device, approved in the EU for treating eczema and contact dermatitis.

So, you can’t use down and feather pillows and duvets because you own a dust mite allergy — right? Wrong! We’re banishing the anti-allergy bedding myth!

  • Breathable filling — Specially selected down which is naturally breathable will reduce moisture and damp conditions.
  • Looking after your bedding
  • Reduce moisture — Air your bed every morning by folding back the duvet as this further reduces any moisture.
  • Nomite certification
  • Wash regularly — Clean your duvet and pillow every 6 to 12 months following the care label instructions.
  • Humidity control — Below provides excellent temperature regulation, quickly warming up while you sleep and quickly decreasing in humidity when aired.
  • Casing with a specially tight weave — The tiny gaps between the cotton fibres should be too little for the mites to pass through.
  • The myth
  • What makes bedding anti dust mite?
  • What dust mites like
  • Washable — The majority of below and feather duvets and pillows are washable.
  • Use bed linen that is made of a natural material, love 100% cotton, so that the below can breathe, (which synthetic materials don’t allow).

The myth
The myth that feather and down duvets and pillows can cause allergic reactions has led to a boom in anti-allergy synthetic bedding products.

But if you test the two types of bedding side by side, natural below and feather bedding versus synthetic, this myth can be quickly put to rest.

I do own a dust mite allergy and so I always used to purchase synthetic bedding that was specifically branded as hypoallergenic or anti dust mite. Then when we researched starting scooms I realised it wasn’t a specific type of filling that attracted dust mites but a specific helpful of environment.

Scientific researchhas demonstrated that even if you suffer from home dust mite allergies or asthma, you can enjoy sleeping with natural below and feather bedding.

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What dust mites like
Essentially, what home dust mites love are damp and warm conditions — high humidity. They live off the scales of human and pet skin. Yuck! So, they definitely don’t eat down or feathers! Dust mites don’t own a specific preference for either synthetic or natural duvet or pillow fillings.

Studies own shown that synthetics are less breathable resulting in damper conditions that allow the mites to thrive. Synthetic bedding can also harbour more allergens because the casing weave is often looser, allowing the mites to get in.

Discover out more in this article from the Asthma & Allergy Centre.

According to NOMITE: ‘Long-term studies own found only extremely little concentrations of mites and allergens inside below and feather bedding. Below and feather beds achieve, therefore, extremely positive results when compared with synthetic bedding. They are completely safe from an allergologic point of view. Bedding articles filled with below and feathers neither host home dust mites nor do they provide a source of food for them.’

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What makes bedding anti dust mite?
The most significant thing is to make certain that your bedding doesn’t create an environment that appeals to dust mites.

What to check for:

  1. Humidity control — Below provides excellent temperature regulation, quickly warming up while you sleep and quickly decreasing in humidity when aired.
  2. Casing with a specially tight weave — The tiny gaps between the cotton fibres should be too little for the mites to pass through.
  3. Breathable filling — Specially selected down which is naturally breathable will reduce moisture and damp conditions.
  4. Washable — The majority of below and feather duvets and pillows are washable.

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Nomite certification
The NOMITE mark is an anti-allergen standard that indicates that a product is suitable for house dust mite allergy sufferers.

NOMITE® certified below and feather bedding also use below and feather proof fabric ticking, which also acts as a ‘barrier’ to the dust mite.

Read more about NOMITE anti-allergen acceditation.

The scooms pillow and duvet are NOMITE approved.

Looking after your bedding
How you care for your bedding is also important:

  1. Wash regularly — Clean your duvet and pillow every 6 to 12 months following the care label instructions.
  2. Reduce moisture — Air your bed every morning by folding back the duvet as this further reduces any moisture.
  3. Use bed linen that is made of a natural material, love 100% cotton, so that the below can breathe, (which synthetic materials don’t allow).

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DreamSkin duvet

How does it work?

The brilliant technology is medically proven to soothe and protect skin, lower skin temperature, assist reduce friction and act as a repellent on detergent residues. Especially beneficial for conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.

Eradicating these common bedding irritations leaves you free to sink into a blissful allergy-free slumber.

Buy now: DreamSkin Duvet Cover, from £19.50, M&S

DreamSkin pillowcase

Smart new DreamSkin offers symptomatic relief from skin discomfort – perfect for soothing dry and troubled skin and providing accelerated relief from irritation

The new bedding range offers duvets, pillowcases and fitted sheets – ensuring the entire bed is dressed to soothe.

Also in The scooms blog

How often should you replace your bedding?

Apparently the average person keeps their duvet for too endless.

But regularly updating your bedding is not only significant for your sleep but also for your health. So how can you tell when it’s time to update your bedding?

Read more →

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School age children and sleep

School age children should be back in the normal school routine by now. My younger son has just started secondary school and has been really tired so I thought I should check that he’s getting enough sleep.

Read more →

Hollowfibre and microfibre duvets are both made from synthetic materials, which are grand for allergy sufferers and children.

But which option is best for you? Hollowfibre and microfibre duvets come with their own unique benefits which can assist you get a better night’s sleep consistently. We will talk you through these benefits in detail so you can decide which synthetic duvet is best for you.

The myth
The myth that feather and down duvets and pillows can cause allergic reactions has led to a boom in anti-allergy synthetic bedding products.

But if you test the two types of bedding side by side, natural below and feather bedding versus synthetic, this myth can be quickly put to rest.

I do own a dust mite allergy and so I always used to purchase synthetic bedding that was specifically branded as hypoallergenic or anti dust mite. Then when we researched starting scooms I realised it wasn’t a specific type of filling that attracted dust mites but a specific helpful of environment.

Scientific researchhas demonstrated that even if you suffer from home dust mite allergies or asthma, you can enjoy sleeping with natural below and feather bedding.

Back to top

What dust mites like
Essentially, what home dust mites love are damp and warm conditions — high humidity. They live off the scales of human and pet skin. Yuck! So, they definitely don’t eat down or feathers! Dust mites don’t own a specific preference for either synthetic or natural duvet or pillow fillings.

Studies own shown that synthetics are less breathable resulting in damper conditions that allow the mites to thrive. Synthetic bedding can also harbour more allergens because the casing weave is often looser, allowing the mites to get in.

Discover out more in this article from the Asthma & Allergy Centre.

According to NOMITE: ‘Long-term studies own found only extremely little concentrations of mites and allergens inside below and feather bedding. Below and feather beds achieve, therefore, extremely positive results when compared with synthetic bedding. They are completely safe from an allergologic point of view. Bedding articles filled with below and feathers neither host home dust mites nor do they provide a source of food for them.’

Back to top

What makes bedding anti dust mite?
The most significant thing is to make certain that your bedding doesn’t create an environment that appeals to dust mites.

What to check for:

  1. Humidity control — Below provides excellent temperature regulation, quickly warming up while you sleep and quickly decreasing in humidity when aired.
  2. Casing with a specially tight weave — The tiny gaps between the cotton fibres should be too little for the mites to pass through.
  3. Breathable filling — Specially selected down which is naturally breathable will reduce moisture and damp conditions.
  4. Washable — The majority of below and feather duvets and pillows are washable.

Back to top

Nomite certification
The NOMITE mark is an anti-allergen standard that indicates that a product is suitable for house dust mite allergy sufferers.

NOMITE® certified below and feather bedding also use below and feather proof fabric ticking, which also acts as a ‘barrier’ to the dust mite.

Read more about NOMITE anti-allergen acceditation.

The scooms pillow and duvet are NOMITE approved.

Looking after your bedding
How you care for your bedding is also important:

  1. Wash regularly — Clean your duvet and pillow every 6 to 12 months following the care label instructions.
  2. Reduce moisture — Air your bed every morning by folding back the duvet as this further reduces any moisture.
  3. Use bed linen that is made of a natural material, love 100% cotton, so that the below can breathe, (which synthetic materials don’t allow).

SHOP NOW

Back to top

Comments will be approved before showing up.


DreamSkin duvet

How does it work?

The brilliant technology is medically proven to soothe and protect skin, lower skin temperature, assist reduce friction and act as a repellent on detergent residues. Especially beneficial for conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.

Eradicating these common bedding irritations leaves you free to sink into a blissful allergy-free slumber.

Buy now: DreamSkin Duvet Cover, from £19.50, M&S

DreamSkin pillowcase

Smart new DreamSkin offers symptomatic relief from skin discomfort – perfect for soothing dry and troubled skin and providing accelerated relief from irritation

The new bedding range offers duvets, pillowcases and fitted sheets – ensuring the entire bed is dressed to soothe.

Also in The scooms blog

How often should you replace your bedding?

Apparently the average person keeps their duvet for too endless.

But regularly updating your bedding is not only significant for your sleep but also for your health. So how can you tell when it’s time to update your bedding?

Read more →

A greener Christmas

How can we every own a greener Christmas this year? We’ve put together top 10 tips to assist you go greener with your presents, food, tableware, new bedding, etc.

Read more →

School age children and sleep

School age children should be back in the normal school routine by now.

My younger son has just started secondary school and has been really tired so I thought I should check that he’s getting enough sleep.

Read more →

Hollowfibre and microfibre duvets are both made from synthetic materials, which are grand for allergy sufferers and children. But which option is best for you? Hollowfibre and microfibre duvets come with their own unique benefits which can assist you get a better night’s sleep consistently. We will talk you through these benefits in detail so you can decide which synthetic duvet is best for you.


Dustmites in your bedding — #1 allergen for asthma and rhinitis

Dustmite allergen, found within dustmite droppings, is one of the most common triggers for asthma, eczema and rhinitis.

Dustmites thrive in dark, humid areas where there is a ready food supply of dead skin scales, so pillows and duvets provide an ideal environment in which they thrive.

If you are sensitised to dustmite allergen and your allergy is triggered by inhaling it when you’re in bed, getting rid of them from your bedding is significant. But killing dustmites is only half the battle. For finish avoidance you need to denature and eliminate the allergen too.


Microfibre Duvets

Microfibre duvet offers a below love feel, at a lower price.

Microfibre duvets are also a grand option for allergenics thanks to its anti-allergy protection for lasting hypoallergenic freshness. Unlike hollowfibre duvets which own spaces between the strands, microfibre duvets are built with tightly woven fabrics which are packed tightly together. Microfibre duvets own a soft and silky feeling.

Benefits of microfibre duvets

Warmth without the weight

If you’re looking for a warm duvet which can assist to trap heat during freezing nights, you may prefer to select a microfibre duvet over a hollowfibre duvet. The tightly knit fabrics assist to trap heat within the bed, keeping you warmer.

While the synthetic fibres may be tightly knit together, they are still light, meaning they can create warmth without the bulk.

Highly affordable duvet

While the quality of microfibre duvets may not be capable to match other options such as traditional below duvets, they are highly affordable and come with numerous down-like qualities which will still assist you get a grand night’s relax. If you’re shopping on a budget, you should definitely consider a microfibre duvet from Cuddle Down.


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