• written in collaboration with Slumberdown Fresh and Healthy

When OH and I moved in together a thousand years ago (OK, that’s obviously an an exaggeration – although it does feel like it some times), something strange used to happen to him in the bedroom.

Get your minds out of the gutter!

What I mean is – his eyes would itch, and he’d feel like his skin was burning, and his chest was closing up. It took us years to figure out he was having an allergic reaction to our bedding. Hardly surprising when – as I’ve since discovered – around 10 million dust mites live in the average bed, happily feeding off our dead skin cells *shudders*.

We invested in some new non-allergenic duvet inner and pillows, and had our mattress steam cleaned and – lo and behold – all those aggravating symptoms disappeared.

Years later we noticed Big Sis was complaining of overheating when she was in bed too – it didn’t take a genius to figure out she was probably having the same reaction as Daddy.


So I was curious to try out the new Fresh and Healthy collection of allergy free bedding from SLUMBERDOWN (available from Argos from 23 July). Et voila! 

allergy free bedding

allergy free bedding

Duvets: Kids Bed Set Cot Bed Size £14.99 Kids Bed Set Single £14.99 Single Duvet 10.5 Tog £19.99 Double Duvet 10.5 Tog £24.99 King Size Duvet 10.5 Tog £29.99 Pillows: Pillows start from £9.99 for a pack of 2

Released in time for summer – when dust mites are at their pesky worst – this range has been specifically designed to prevent dust mites, mould and fungi from establishing itself inside the bedding. Tests have proven it to be so effective, it has even been awarded the respected ‘Allergy UK Seal of Approval’.

The hot weather proved to be rather timely, as I switched out our heavier feather inner for the Slumberdown Fresh and Healthy hollowfibre duvet instead. This was the same type of bedcover that had kicked off OH’s allergies all those years ago, so I was a little bit nervous as he shot me an, ‘If this doesn’t work, and I’m up all night sneezing and wheezing, you’re going to be in BIG trouble,’ look. Gulp. 

Luckily his night was – as promised – restful and allergy free, and I lived to see another day *wipes sweat from brow*.

I feel confident letting Big Sis use this now too (good news, since I discovered they’d used the duvet to build a den the other day!).


As part of their campaign to educate people about the effects of dustmites on allergies and asthma, Slumberdown are also running a fun#MiteyCreation competition asking kids to draw, paint or create what they think a dastardly dustmite looks like.

As soon as the competition goes live (any day now, so keep checking!), you’ll find all the entry details here HERE.

Here are the girls’ efforts…


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