Most people do not like to think about fungi growing in their own beds, but according to Aspergillus.org, the pillow you rest your head on may contain a substantial load of many different types of fungi. Fungi are linked to many health issues, such as ringworm, athlete's foot and respiratory problems. Exposure to fungi is especially dangerous for people with compromised immune systems and those with asthma or allergies.
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According to a study by researchers Wang and Ng, bamboo contains an antifungal protein called Dendrocin. This protein makes bamboo fabric a natural way to ward-off fungi from your pillowcase. Bamboo pillowcases are available in different styles and colours, so you can coordinate with the rest of your bedding and rest easy on a fungi-free fabric. You can find bamboo pillowcases on online shops such as Comfort Channel, Green Earth Bamboo and Sleep Bamboo. Otherwise, you may be able to find them at your local department store.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a natural bactericide and fungicide, which means it is effective at killing both bacteria and fungi. Create your own antifungal spray by adding a few drops of this oil to a spray bottle filled with water. Spray your bedding to help kill fungi and bacteria. Tea tree oil does have a very potent odour, so it should be used sparingly. Another way to kill the fungi is to use a few drops of tea tree oil in the washing machine while cleaning your bedding with lukewarm water. You can buy tea tree oil at your local health food market or online at Tea Tree Place, Amazon or Tea Tree Wonders.
MesoSilver Antifungal Spray
The active ingredient in this antifungal product is silver, which is believed to kill bacteria and fungus on contact. MesoSilver contains actual silver particles that are meant to eradicate bacteria without being harmful to people. This spray is recommended for use on your pillow, where fungi have been known to thrive. As of November 2010, MesoSilver Antifungal Spray can be purchased for £14.50 per 157ml bottle.
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- Aspergillus.org: Fungal Contamination of Bedding
- Manchester University School of Medicine: Pillows - A Bot Bed of Fungal Spores
- BioMed Experts: Wang, Ng. Dendrocin, a Distinctive Antifungal Protein from Bamboo Shoots
- Bin Inn: Tea Tree Oil
- RM Barry Publications: Natural Fungicide Research Report
- Purest Colloids: MesoSilver Antifungal/Antibacterial Disinfecting Spray