Allergy Bedding

Posted by kevvyg on Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Annual White Sale Now Gives You 15% Off ALL Allergy Relief Products

As many of you know, each February we have an Annual White Sale, where you can take 15% off any bedding item we offer. From custom mattresses and luxury down pillows to all types of dust mite bedding covers and organic bedding, we're letting you take 15% off. This year, however, we've decided to change things up a bit.

So, from now until February 28th, you can take 15% off site wide! That's right, the best HEPA air purifiers, humidifiers, allergy vacuum cleaners, and everything in between are all now 15% off when you use coupon code "white15" at checkout. As usual, some exclusions to apply, but if you have an problems or questions, give us a call and we'll help!

Author: K. Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Friday, November 07, 2014
New and Improved Allergy Armor Polartec Fleece BlanketJust in time for winter, we're rolling out the new and improved Allergy Armor fleece blankets. You may remember the original microfleece blankets. While both the original and the our latest versions were both Polartec fleece, there are several differences between them, not the least of which is the our new blankets are less expensive than before!

Why are they less expensive? There are two main reasons for this. First, the fabric itself is a big reason why we dropped the price. Polartec was finally able to supply us with fabric that was wide enough to eliminate any seams in our blankets. This means they not only look better, but they are quicker and easier for us to sew for you. The other reason is that we simply purchased more raw materials. Larger volume = lower price.

So what are the other differences between these blankets? Aside from the fact that king and queen sizes no longer have seams, there is now an additional color to choose from, so currently your choices are Ivory, Navy, and Light Blue. All are available in Twin, Queen and King sizes. The fabric itself is actually thicker than before. Polartec has long been the leader in American made fleece and textiles built for warmth, and the Polartec 200 fleece is no different. Allergy Armor Polartec Fleece Blanket Now Available in Navy, Ivory, and Light BlueWhile it is still super lightweight, the slightly thicker fleece feels more plush, even after several washes. The way we sew them has also changed. Now each blanket features a hemmed edge for extra durability. So overall, you're getting a better product, with several upgrades, for less money.

There are a few features that have remained the same. First, we use only Polartec fleece, made right here in the U.S.A. Check the tag on the fleece you see in your big box store, and I will almost guarantee you won't see "Made in the USA" on it. Second, each blanket is handcrafted and packaged here in our Atlanta location then shipped to you. Next, all of our Polartec blankets are machine wash and dry. This is important for people with allergies or asthma, as washing your bedding more frequently and in hot water is key to reducing dust mites. Lastly, each blanket won't pill, water resistant, and 6" longer than comparable fleece blankets. So warm up this winter with our new and improved Allergy Armor Polartec blanket!

To see all of our Exclusive Allergy Armor bedding.

Author: KevvyG

Posted by R. Power on Monday, March 31, 2014
One of our favorite companies, Ogallala Comfort Company, is in the midst of a makeover! Ogallala will be changing their fill for their hypodown bedding. Currently they have a blend of 80% goose down and 20% Syriaca used in their mattress pads, pillows and comforters. With an increase in availability of Syriaca, the silky milkweed seed parachutes, the blend will now become 70% goose down and 30% Syriaca. This makeover also includes an addition of bedding products made with high quality white duck down. All of these changes will ultimately bring down the prices for consumers.

If you looked at prices around the turn of the year, you might have noticed a HUGE price increase! Trust us, we were just as upset over that as you were. With the price of down dramatically increasing, they adjusted their prices up to compensate. Needless to say, people weren't very happy about this, so from the pricing you would have seen around New Year's there has been about a 40% reduction.

Ogallala Pearl Crescent Down ComforterOgallala has been a mainstay at AchooAllergy for over a decade. As the highest quality, luxury bedding available, Ogallala offers custom bedding options that are nearly unmatched. For people dealing with allergies or asthma, their blend of Syriaca and pure goose down (no feathers), has allowed them to offer and stand by a very attractive guarantee. For ten years, your Ogallala bedding will NOT cause an allergic reaction. Reactions to bird feathers is a very common one, and low quality down can often cause sneezing, congestion, or coughing and wheezing in asthmatics, but not Ogallala's Hypodown.

Prices across our Ogallala bedding offering have been adjusted, so if high prices a few months ago scared you away, it is probably worth taking a second look now!

To see the full line of Ogallala Luxury Down Bedding.

Author: R. Power

Posted by kevvyg on Friday, February 07, 2014

We do it once a year. The time has once again arrived for the AchooAllergy White Sale! Until the end of February, take a full 15% off any bedding item on our site. From our exclusive line of American Made, Allergy Armor bedding products to brand names like Ogallala, Royal Pedic, Primaloft, Snoozer, and others, you can save big for the next three weeks.

If allergies have gotten you down this winter, take a look at any in our line of mattress, pillow and duvet covers. Each effectively blocks dust mites, pollen and other common household allergens that can hide in your bedding and keep you from getting a peaceful night's sleep.

If the cold weather is taking its toll, consider one of our many types of blankets. From USDA-certified organic cotton, or snuggly warm microfleece to Vellux and custom down comforters, we've got what you need to stay warm this winter.

Pillow worn, stained, or just lost their fluff? Try our exclusive Allergy Armor Ultra pillow. With the industry's smallest pore size, the Ultra dust mite and allergen barrier fabric is sewn right in! No need for a separate pillow cover. And if sheets are what you need, we've got you covered with GOTS certified organic cotton sheets, perfect for people with sensitive skin, eczema or multiple chemical sensitivities. And lastly, if you were looking to make a big purchase, like upgrading to a custom-crafted Royal Pedic mattress, now is the time to save big!

Regardless of what your bedding needs are, shop now and save 15% by using coupon code WHTSALE14 when checking out!

Author: K. Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
As many of you already know, here at Achoo you can find a variety of organic cotton bedding products. From sheets and allergy covers for your pillows and mattress to a couple styles of blankets, all of these products start as certified organic cotton fabric and are then transformed into the chemical-free bedding you enjoy.

Key Features Include
  • Made from USDA certified organic cotton
  • Great for winter but light enough for year round use
  • From start to finish, made right here in the U.S.
  • Free of pesticide and fertilizer residues as well as chemical treaters and dyes that are common in textiles
  • Gentle for those with sensitive skin, eczema, chronic dermatitis, or other skin conditions
  • Available in four sizes
  • Machine Washable
For more information, on either our Organic Cotton Blankets (Waffle Weave) or our Organic Cotton Blankets (Crepe Weave).

Author: KevvyG

Posted by Rachel P. on Sunday, November 17, 2013
This week's blog will not be as cute or cuddly as my previous blog. Today I'm going to discuss the difference between dust mites and bed bugs. I've had many calls and questions about dust mites and bed bugs and how to treat them. However, people often use these terms interchangeably, but they are very different pests! So here of some of the major differences between the two.

Dust Mites
House dust mites are tiny arachnids (kin to spiders and scabies), commonly found in carpets, mattresses and upholstered furniture. At about 0.25-.3 mm in length, dust mites are not really visible to the naked eye. If you can see dust mites, you've Normal, Non-Godzilla Sized Dust Miteeither got bionic eyeballs or godzilla-like dust mites. The Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Department of Medicine, of the University of Virginia explains their diet consisting of human skin scales and the moisture of "human shavings", which we naturally shed, all day, every day. Sometimes they diversify their diets with fungi, cereals, crumbs and fish food.

"Well, Rachel this is pretty gross. How is this relevant to my asthma and allergies?"

Well, digestive enzymes found in dust mite excretions trigger allergic reactions such as wheezing, airway hyper responsiveness (AHR), nasal congestion, cough, hay fever, etc. Most of us breathe in this allergen to no effect, but for people with allergies, asthma, COPD or other respiratory problems they can trigger reactions. Where, specifically is the allergen found? Considering the ubiquitous nature of dust mites, it is found everywhere! If there are people, there are dust mites, but specifically, the allergen is found in their their dead, decaying body parts as well as their feces. You read that correctly, dust mite poo.

Young children and senior citizens are the most vulnerable to these allergens, but as the most common household allergen, dust mite allergies affect a wide variety of people. However, there are a few limiting factors to these cosmopolites' survival, and controlling these is something we'll discuss below.

Bed Bugs
These parasitic six-legged creatures are flat rusty colored insects that are about the size of an apple seed, which means they are visible to the naked eye if you are unfortunate enough to spot these elusive creatures of the night. Cimex lectularius comes from the the insect genus Cimex, which are known to be hematophagous (bloodsucking insects). So to recap, they're tiny vampires.

Bed Bug in Later Stages of Life CycleA bed bug infestation can happen anywhere, but usually happen in love messy households or apartments and hotel/motel rooms. Mess affords them better opportunity to hide, and areas where there are frequently visitors provides greater opportunity to travel and spread. They can and do travel anywhere, usually by hitching a ride in suitcases, pillows, or any travel items really. So, they're also hitchhikers (except these ones simple hide in your trunk without thumbing for a ride!).

Bed bugs are most active at night, and tend to hide in crevices, mattresses, behind headboards, base boards, nightstands etc. Their activity mainly consists of coming out from their hiding spots and doing their best Count Dracula impression, feeding directly off of us, and leaving small itchy bites all over your skin. The one small upside is they do not create allergic reactions (they lack the enzymes that we react to). The bites can be itchy and physically painful, and knowing you have a hidden infestation of tiny, hitchhiking, blood sucking vampires can be psychologically disturbing.

During World War II bedbugs were a huge problem in the U.S. military, and in response, they used cyanide-based pesticide, Zyklon B to exterminate them. As a "safer alternative" DDT was later used to fumigate these pests. Both of these toxic treatments are not longer in use. Oh the good ole days.

Limiting or Eliminating These Pests
Bed bugs are repulsive but more importantly, very difficult to get rid of without professional help. If you rent, call your landlord or property manager. If you own, this is something you'll be paying for out of your own pocket, but despite some websites and people offering cheap advice on how to rid yourself of bedbugs, most are simply looking to make a quick buck at your expense or worse, offer dangerous or banned substances. When you travel, check your luggage and personal belongings. Bag luggage and clothing and store it outside or in the garage until you can wash and inspect it. When staying at a hotel or motel, report any bites to management ASAP, and keep your bags elevated. Avoiding them is your best bet, and in that vein, you can use bed bug proof mattress covers to seal up your mattress and box spring. In the event you do find bed bugs, you often have to discard a lot of things, and covering your mattress like this can avoid the pain and cost of potentially having to purchase a new one.

Dust mites are easier to rid of with the help of dust mite bedding covers, cleaning products that denature the dust mite allergen or kill dust mites, and general cleaning methods to reduce house dust (the primary component of which is dust mites). Hot can be very useful when it comes to dust mites. Wash your bedding in hot water of at least 113° F but ideally warmer (140°). It will work wonders for killing not only dust mites but also bed bugs. For dust mite allergen that might linger, the use of an anti-allergen detergent or a dust mite laundry additive to denature the actual protein allergen in the bedding.

When it comes to bedding, bedding that is simply labeled "hypoallergenic" is probably a complete waste of money. What actually helps though, are bedding covers. Quality mattress, pillow and box spring covers actually create a physical barrier between you and the dust mites that are most certainly in your mattress and pillows. These specially woven covers block the allergen and keep it out of the air you breathe. This, as part of an overall environment control regimen (washing regular bedding in hot water, dusting and vacuuming more frequently) can help to reduce allergic reactions without the use of medication.

All of these things can help you not only determine what type of pest you're dealing with but how to best to rid yourself of it or reduce its impact. Remember, if you can see the critter, it's not a dust mite, and there are other bugs and pests that can move in besides dust mites and bed bugs.

Good night, sleep tight, and don't let the bed bugs bite!

Author: Rachel P.

Posted by kevvyg on Monday, November 11, 2013
Made in the USAEvery day we field questions about where a product is made, and to help make things easier we've been slowly including the icon on the left to quickly let people know which products are made here in the States. To help your search easier, here is a quick list of most of our American made products.

First, I want to start with the bedding. Our Allergy Armor dust mite covers are now almost entirely made here in the U.S. In fact, most of these covers are cut, sewn, and packed right here at our Atlanta location. In addition to covers, things like blankets, pillows, and Nearly All Allergy Armor Bedding is Made in the USAcomforters are also made right here. These include, Other Allergy Armor products are in the process of transitioning to being produced here, so some of the bedding is made here as sizes run out of stock, and we pick up production here. Other products are partially made here or certain components are fabricated here, like the free allergy cover that comes with your Memory Foam pillow or the stretch-zip cover that is included with your Memory Foam Mattress Topper.

Aside from the products we make ourselves, many of our vendors manufacture right here in the United States, and a few products are made by local companies for our brand. Lastly, some products are more broadly made in North America or have either assembly done here or raw material for the products done here. These would include Primaloft, Ogallala, & Snoozer bedding, Honeywell (Mexico), AllerAir, and Amairicare air purifiers as well as 3M furnace filters.

As you can see, a wide variety of the products you'll find on our site and in our catalog are sourced right here in the United States. This is important to us for a few reasons. First, it Trend of the last half century - manufacturing following cheaper labor helps to keep American manufacturing alive. American manufacturing was the backbone of a growing middle class during the middle of the 20th century. However, as manufacturing traditionally follows cheap labor markets, we've seen a steady outflow of these jobs and industries overseas. Secondly, we want to manufacture here in the U.S. as it gives us better control over the product and allows us to make custom products for those who request it. Quality control of imported products can be nightmare. Why do you think so many brick and mortar retailers have opened the proverbial flood gates when it comes to returns? Aside from being competitive, when quality is hit or miss a generous return policy is key to not alienating people who are getting "duds" or "lemons". Many times, if something goes out of stock, we will specially make your bedding that day and avoid the delay of waiting until our next scheduled production run of your items. Finally, this is also a response to you - our reader, our customer. Demand for U.S. made products has increased, and we try our best to source American to meet your needs.

This doesn't mean that American manufacturing "is back" or that this isn't done without challenges. It has been difficult to find some of the materials we need. With the ability to produce raw textiles nearly completely gutted from the States, it has been a challenge to find a U.S. source for some of the materials we need in the specific raw sizes. Fortunately, there are a few producers still based here in the States who are not only hanging on but seeing a bit of a resurgence.

In addition to the flag, you can also check in the Product Features or the Customer Questions sections. I'm pretty sure that even from this list, I've missed at least a handful. If you don't see the country of origin listed on the page, submit a question, and I, or one of our staffers, generally answer within 12-24 hours. Happy Hunting!

Author: Kevin Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Friday, September 27, 2013
One of my favorite parts of my home is my bed. I'm very keen on my pillows, sheets and comforters (because they're what help me get all of my beauty sleep!). However I'm well aware that my bedding was likely made with pesticides, chemical treatments ("wrinkle free" or "stain resistant"), dyes and flame retardants. Though things as regular as bedding do not affect me or my health, for someone with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) or very sensitive skin, the residue of these Raw Cottonchemicals can make sleep a real struggle.

For many with MCS, being particular about bedding isn't an option, it's a necessity. Most bedding is not organic and can irritate sensitive skin, causing allergic reactions, dermatitis, itching, swelling or worse. All of these things can leave you feeling tired instead of refreshed and reenergized in the mornings.

Though most are familiar with organic food, what's the deal with - organic - cotton? Merriam Webster defines organic as "of, relating to, yielding, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides". So now let's take a look at cotton.

Cotton, a fibrous plant of the Gossypium genus is akin to okra and cacao and has been internationally domesticated for centuries, from Australia to Alabama. However, organic commercial cotton production has been on the rise for the past decade. Unlike the majority of cotton currently grown in the U.S., organic commercial cotton is not genetically modified. It is also grown in an organic environment meaning it is often manually cultivated, grown in organic soil, and not treated with fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.

Luckily, offers a variety of bedding made from 100% certified organic cotton to help make your bed as heavenly (and healthy!) as possible:
  • Allergy Armor Organic Cotton BlanketsAllergy Armor Organic Cotton Sheets - GOTS certified, these 300 TC sheets are soft and comfortable. Lacking chemical finishers and dyes, you can find sheets for any size bed in basic, cream or white colors, which match any bedding.
  • Allergy Armor Organic Cotton Blankets - We are proud to say these blankets are cut, sewn, and packed right here in our Atlanta location. They are soft and lightweight yet warm, making a great layer for your bed, anytime of the year. Available in 2 weights, 100 and 120, each blanket is constructed from USDA certified organic cotton. Choose from either the crepe weave, which has a small tighter pattern, or the waffle weave which fluffs out to a thick and luxurious pattern after the first wash and dry. You can also select from four sizes (we even have blankets for the little ones!).
  • Allergy Armor Organic Allergy Covers - In Stock and With a New DesignAllergy Armor Organic Bedding Covers - Although we have not begun making our own organic pillows, we do have organic pillow and mattress covers, perfect for those coping with dust mite allergies as well as MCS and eczema. These covers have no finishes or coatings, and have an average pore size of less than 5 microns. Just slip these covers on your favorite pillow and mattress, then apply your organic sheets or pillowcases, and you're all set!
After spending some time upstairs enjoying the soft textures of our Allergy Armor products, I'm going to invest in some good quality blankets and sheets too! Sweet dreams!

For more information on the GOTS Certification behind our organic cotton sheets and the GOTS certified fabric for our mattress and pillow covers.

Author: Rachel Power

Posted by kevvyg on Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Allergy Armor Organic Bedding CoverOrganic fabric isn't the easiest material to come by, and as a manufacturer, we are constantly on the lookout for better raw materials. Despite enormous initial success, literally selling out of our organic barrier fabric after only a couple months, we took some time off before obtaining more material. During our break, we made a couple improvements, and will very soon be offering an even better product at the same price. So what did we improve, and how can it help you?

Since bringing the manufacturing of Allergy Armor Organic dust mite covers in-house, we looked at a few different options when it comes to raw cotton fabric. Now we are proud to introduce a redesigned and upgraded product. First, we actually reduced the average pore size our Allergy Armor Organic. Instead of 6 microns, we've managed to drop that down to just over 4. What does this mean for you? The smaller the average pore size, the more effectively, the covers can block allergens like dust mites, dander, and pollen, which means a better night's sleep for you, and fewer mornings waking up with congestion, runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, or sinus pressure. This is one of the best, if not the best, available today.

The second thing we looked to improve was with the design of your covers. Unlike our basic design, we've integrated a new feature with our covers. The organic pillow covers now have an offset zipper with a sewn over flap. Once zipped up, the flap hides the zipper and slide. This gives the cover a more streamlined look and feel, more like a pillow without a cover at all. This same fabric zipper cover is also now integrated into the design of our organic mattress covers.

Allergy Armor Organic Allergy Covers are Made From GOTS Certified Organic CottonSome of the things that stayed the same? You still get quality mattress and pillow covers, made right here in the U.S. Unlike our competitors, our fabric is certified organic by the leading international organic certification agency, GOTS (Global Organic Trade Standard). The cotton is certified to be free of chemical finishers, flame retardants, dyes, harsh bleaching agents, and fertilizer/pesticide/insecticide residues. This makes our fabric a great solution for those with chemical sensitivities, eczema or sensitive skin and allergies or asthma.

We expect to begin making your new organic mattress, pillow and duvet covers in just a couple short weeks. Pre-ordering ensures that your organic allergy bedding will be made and shipped as soon as our raw fabric arrives. You can place pre-orders now, or wait until they are officially back in stock.
*NOTE: The color is now a natural cream/beige, not the older style white color. New product images coming soon!

Author: Kevin Gilmore

Posted by KevvyG on Wednesday, August 07, 2013
A recent article in Women's Health magazine online outlined some simple home products that can help control allergies by reducing allergens at home and work. Allergy Armor Ultra Bedding came in at the top of the list.

Allergy Armor Ultra is our exclusive line of allergy relief bedding. Specially constructed to block allergens, like the dust mites that inhabit everyone's mattress and pillows, the Ultra fabric encases and protects bedding while keeping the dust mite allergen out of the air you breathe. For many people, when allergy bedding is paired up with other environmental control measures (like dusting & vacuuming more frequently and Allery Armor Ultra Bedding is 100% Made in the USAwashing your bedding once a week in hot water) there's a noticeable difference in how you sleep and how you feel in the morning. Unlike cheap imports or products that others label "Made in America" simply because 51% of the materials and construction was done here in the States, all of our Allergy Armor Ultra bedding products are cut, sewn and packaged here at our facility in Atlanta, constructed from fabric made here in the U.S. and shipped to you when you order. Best of all, while you might save a few bucks buying a cheap import from a big box store, none of those covers are backed by a lifetime warranty.

The Allergy Armor Ultra Pillow Was Also Featured on The DoctorsIn addition to the mattress and pillow covers, we've expanded our Ultra line of allergy bedding. While some have tried to duplicate it, none have succeeded in matching the quality and convenience of our Allergy Armor Ultra Pillow. With the shell of the pillow constructed from the Ultra barrier fabric, there's no need for a separate pillow cover. It's built right in! Machine washable and available in five sizes, each of these pillows is backed by a two year warranty.

More recently, we've responded to a concern from our customers. The duvet (comforter) covers, though effective, don't stop the comforter from shifting around inside. At times, you end up with the comforter all balled up inside the cover. So following the example we set with our pillow, we now offer an allergy relief comforter. With a shell constructed from Allergy Armor Ultra fabric, this comforter features sewn-through box construction, reinforced seams, a 3D corded edge, and tie in loops in each corner. Warm, durable and allergen-free the Ultra Comforter is the perfect addition to any bedroom, and with the sewn-in loops, you can easily use your decorative duvet cover without any worry of the comforter shifting or balling.

All Ultra bedding is machine washable and machine dry, so cleaning is as easy as washing a load of clothes. Each piece features the smallest average pore size in the industry, 2.8 microns, and provides effective, consistent protection from dust mites, pollen, dander, and other allergens than collect in your bedding. From pillow covers and mattress covers to pillow and even comforters, Allergy Armor Ultra has a product to fit all of your bedding needs.

While I do appreciate the author taking the time to put together the article, just as a note for readers, the AirPod was discontinued by Blueair a few years ago. For an inexpensive desktop air purifier, I would consider the compact Alen T100 or the popular Roomaid HEPA air purifier.

To read the full article from Women's Health.

Author: Kevin Gilmore

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