Is Linen Hypoallergenic?

Please note: this blog entry is not meant to substitute for medical advice. Please consult with your doctor about any allergy symptoms you may be experiencing.

Is linen hypoallergenic? The answer to this question depends on what you’re allergic to.

Many people who are allergic to their bedding are allergic to dust mites. And if you have a confirmed dust mite allergy, linen is not necessarily hypoallergenic. To protect and treat your bedding from dust mite allergens, it’s important to keep up with a regular washing routine. An advantage of linen in this department is that linen responds well to frequent washing, as a durable and long-lasting fabric that gets softer and softer (and doesn’t pill) with each wash. Using a duvet and duvet cover can also keep dust mites at bay, especially when you wash your duvet cover as often as your sheets. Compared to an uncovered comforter, which offers a prime—and hard to wash—breeding ground for dust mites, a linen duvet cover is a sensible option.

For people with chemical sensitivities—even allergies—linen bedding is an ideal choice, especially linen that is OEKO-TEX® certified. OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification guarantees that your fabric has been tested for and is free of banned and regulated substances, and is safe enough for even babies to sleep on. In contrast, some bedding on the market (especially bedding that is synthetic) contains chemicals that can cause a number of reactions and sensitivities, and even allergies in some. Fabrics that are stain- and wrinkle-resistant, flame-retardant, and colorfast often contain extra chemicals that ensure these properties, sometimes at a cost to your health.

For the safest sleeping experience, it’s best to choose simple and traditional fabrics that can stand up to regular washing. In an effort to ensure your sleep safety, all duvet covers from The Modern are OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified. Still curious? Read more on the linen certifications we are proud to support.