Benjamin Franklin said there are two things certain in life: death and taxes. Apparently Mr. Franklin was one of the very few people in this world not plagued by seasonal allergies.
The telltale watery eyes, runny nose and brain fog are unfortunately how many greet a new season. During our waking hours, we pile on the anti-histamines and pray for relief, but what about the 6-8 hours we spend between the sheets every night?
At ettitude, we are committed to your comfort, and we urge you to think about that fabric. What is it made of? How might it be helping or hurting your quest for seasonal allergy relief? Is there something better out there? Is there anything else you can do?
NASA approves. Go with bamboo.
You might ask why NASA, an organization most commonly concerned with space, would care about earthly matters such as seasonal allergies. But in space, astronauts are in small confined spaces relying on recycled air. Indoor air quality is of the utmost importance. In 2011, NASA released a study examining the best ways to create healthier indoor air. Bamboo was listed as one of the best ways to naturally rid your home of not only pollen and mites, but also mercury. Roger that!
Bamboo sheets have antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties
So we know bamboo is our ally. And seeing as our bodies are already compromised when experiencing allergies, it’s important to keep things very clean as pollen can get stirred up in highly trafficked rooms or after vacuuming. Luckily, bamboo fabric is both antibacterial and hypoallergenic. Unlike cotton sheets—which when heated, retain moisture and create the perfect environment for bacteria to grow—bamboo wicks moisture away, leaving your sheets fresh and hygienic. Additionally, bed bugs, dust mites and pollen cannot survive in bamboo due to naturally occurring hypoallergenic properties.
Anti-chemical and great for sensitive skin
We reject the use of harmful chemicals; they are not used at any stage of our manufacturing process. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants on earth and does not require the use of pesticides to enhance its growth. It also dyes very well, so there is no need to use harsh dyes which are bad for your skin.
Why is this important for those suffering from seasonal allergies? Itchy eyes, noses, legs and arms are already missing layers of protective dermis, making the raw skin even more susceptible to outside pathogens. It’s best not to introduce another irritant to your already aggravated skin.
Other tips to trick allergens
- Don’t line dry your bedding outside. At ettitude we encourage line drying bamboo sheets, however, allergy sufferers should move this practice indoors to ensure pollen stays outside. Check this out for more detailed care instructions.
- Take a shower before bed to ensure you wash off any pollen that may be on your body.
- Check and replace house filters. It is like going to the dentist. You put it off, but feel really great after doing it.
- Snuggle with your pup, but only after giving them a good wipe down.
- Use your bed for sleeping only. This is also a tip that can be found in our Sound Asleep Guide. Download it for FREE here.
Now that you are ready for bamboo bedding, take some time to learn about different bamboo options here. And above all, remember you are not alone. This is a pollen-laden world and we are all just sneezing in it.