Washing the encasing – a simple guide

You only want the best for your sleep. If you suffer from a house dust allergy , it will disturb your sleep You wake up in the morning with symptoms that are reminiscent of a cold and make it difficult to get up. The night was also less restful and the impairments of the allergy are noticeable.

Encasing is an effective way of protecting yourself from contact with allergens. The covers are made of a dense material through which the mite droppings cannot get through. In this way, you effectively shield yourself from harmful substances and you will suffer less from the mites in bed .

The encasings are used every day. Thorough care is necessary to ensure that these have a long-term effect. How can you wash an encasing and how often is this advisable?

When maintaining the interim payments, there are a few special features to consider. This ensures that the mites no longer pose a threat to you and are washed out of the encasings .


An important principle is that the encasings must be washed at a temperature of at least 60 ° C. If the temperature is low, the mites survive the wash cycle so that it does not achieve the desired cleaning effect. The mites are only killed at a temperature of at least 60 ° C. It’s even better if you use encasings that can withstand temperatures of up to 95 ° C. This way you can be absolutely sure that no mites survive the washing process and you get clean intermediate covers.


For the actual washing process, the encasings must be turned inside out. This is particularly important if the covers have a zipper so that the material is not damaged.

The encasings should be cleaned individually in the washing machine . Since washing only takes place at high temperatures, you don’t run the risk of clothes or other bed linen shrinking.

There are no special features when it comes to detergents. You can use the usual means. Some manufacturers recommend organic, plant-based detergents because they are particularly natural and do not pose a burden to your skin.

For the same reason, chlorine-containing bleaches, optical brighteners and fabric softeners should be avoided. As an allergy sufferer, there is a higher risk that your skin will be sensitive to these substances. Keep the bedding as natural as possible and avoid chemicals.


After the washing process, the encasings must be completely dry again . If these are still a little damp, there is a risk that the mattress will start to go moldy . In addition, mites feel more comfortable in the moist environment and multiply more strongly.

It is advisable to wash the encasings in the morning and then to put them in the dryer at a low temperature. Alternatively, drying on the clothesline is also possible in suitable weather.


Most bed linen for allergy sufferers is iron-free . It is therefore not necessary to use an iron to obtain smooth intermediate covers.

If your encasings are still wrinkled and not attractive, ironing on a low level is usually allowed. However, check the washing symbols to see if ironing is allowed.

In general, you have to follow the manufacturer’s care instructions. Not all encasings can be cleaned in the same way.


For the normal duvet and the covers of your pillow, they have to be changed and washed more often . These are exposed to high levels of stress during the night In addition to sweat, you also lose skin flakes, which are considered the food source for house dust mites. Therefore, as an allergy sufferer, you should change your bed linen around every two to three weeks.

The Encasings are somewhat fortunately more resistant . They are made of a more robust material and thanks to the heat during the washing process, mites hardly pose a risk. Accordingly, bed linen for allergy sufferers must be cleaned thoroughly every two to three months.

Accordingly, more frequent washing is necessary for babies and toddlers These are exposed to a higher level of stress due to possible leftover food or being wet.

If you have just bought the encasing new, a wash is also recommended. Only when the encasing is completely dry after the first wash can it be put on.


Washing the encasings is therefore not a particular challenge for those who are allergic to house dust. You only have to make sure that this washed alone, at temperatures of at least 60 ° C are. So that you are satisfied with the design when you buy it and can use it for a long time, there are further instructions for use.


The encasings are used as intermediate covers on both the mattress and the pillow. So that these fit, you should measure them and use the higher dimension for different mattress heights . The intermediate covers completely enclose the mattress so that mites are effectively kept away. It is better to keep a little leeway so that the covers are not too tight.


It’s not just washing that helps reduce dust mite exposure. It is also advisable to ventilate the duvet and pillows so that the moisture drops and the mites no longer feel comfortable in them. Especially in winter, the cold helps kill the mites and is a helpful measure to protect mattresses and pillows.


The use of a dust mite vacuum cleaner also proves to be useful . This has a combination of suction power, UV light and vibrations to remove dust mites from the mattress. This will reduce pollution and there will be fewer allergens in the dust.


After a period of use of approx. 2 to 3 years , it is advisable to completely replace the special duvet covers and replace them with new ones. If your symptoms increase and even washing does not bring any improvement, the effectiveness of the encasings could have suffered.

Find out which additional payments your health insurance company will take over. Often they reimburse the entire cost of the encasings , so that the purchase does not mean any additional financial burden for you.


If you are one of the millions of people in Germany who suffer from a house dust allergy, the use of encasings is recommended. These will help you avoid contact with the mite droppings. The allergens hardly put a strain on your immune system, so the house dust mite allergy is easier to manage.

It is best to wash the encasing at 95 ° C to effectively kill the mites. Then the application is successful and you will no longer be haunted by the complaints at night. Finally get your restful sleep again and wake up in the morning with a whole new feeling, thanks to the encasing.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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