Saturday, May 18, 2013

Is Your Pillow Killing You Or Making You Sick

This week we received two pillows courtesy of Robin Wilson the CEO of  of Robin Wilson Home, and an ambassador for The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
(Robin Wilson Pillows 5:06 Mins)


My children suffer the most from seasonal allergies during this time of year. It is horrific that they cannot go outside during this time or if they do, they need of course their dose of allergy med (we are on a regimen for the past two months and will continue for at least another month of one pill per day), major eye drops, a massive amount of tissues and a shower the moment they come in. This also means that is sometimes 2-3 showers a day. We have to wash off the pollen. Every night my son ends up with swollen eyes waking him so that we can put drops in his eyes at 1AM or 2AM and my daughter wakes with crusty, swollen eyes and needs drops throughout the day. It usually ends the end of June. 

Handsome has now been using Robin's pillow for 4 nights and I am happy to report, no waking or swelling. While Goddess has some crust, it is minimal and no swelling.  Could it be because of the pillow? I think so! Everything has changed since we started using her hyper allergenic pillows.

If your kids suffer from asthma and allergies, now may be the time to change their pillow. PLUS, not only has it been great for the kids, it is super comfortable. I am so jealous that I need to invest in one for my husband and I.

Robin says:
-       All pillows need to be housed in a pillow protector or zippered pillow cover in addition to pillow case. This will help keep out unwanted germs and fungi such as dust mites, bugs, dead skin and other dangerous bacteria. 

-       Wash your pillow at least twice a year to keep it clean, and for allergy and asthma sufferers make sure and use synthetic pillows over feathered ones, and anti-allergen or hypoallergenic pillow cases and covers.  

-       Toss two pillows in the washing machine at a time. This way, the machine will stay balanced while it spins.  If you are only washing one pillow, counterbalance by using towels or a small blanket.

-       Use the natural sunlight to dry your pillows as sunlight kills bacteria. Usually up to six hours on each side is sufficient.

-       To reduce the amount of bacteria that can impact your sleeping environment and get into your pillow, keep pets out of the bedroom and avoid wall-to-wall carpeting which is a breeding ground for dust mites.

-       As you make your bed each morning, fluff feather and down pillows to get rid of dust and redistribute the filling.

-       Get a new pillow every three years.  This is definitely something we need to change. I think we wait 8 years before changing.

Wilson also says whether or not you’re prone to the “wheezes and sneezes,” sleeping with a clean pillow is the first step to a good night’s sleep. 

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  1. I like the tip about tossing 2 pillows in the wash so they will be balanced. That's a great idea. I need a new pillow so bad.

  2. Thanks for the info, I try to keep our pillows very clean since my husband has allergies.

  3. I have seasonal allergies and the tips are all helpful, thanks.

  4. I don't know the last time I got a new pillow I have a hard time finding ones I like. I probably need a new on at this point in time.


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