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Protect Yourself From Dust Mites With Asthma and Allergy Friendly Pillows and Pillow Covers


When you lay your head on your pillow at night, all you want to think about is comfort – not millions of dust mites. And if you have a dust mite allergy, having all those microscopic insects near your head can make you uncomfortable by triggering allergy and asthma symptoms.

You can create a healthier sleeping environment by using pillows that are CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®. Or you can cover your existing pillow in a CERTIFIED pillow cover.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) also recommends that you replace your pillow every two years.

How Do I Know If a Pillow or Pillow Cover is CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® ?

So, what should you look for in a pillow or pillow cover?


CERTIFIED pillows and pillow protectors are scientifically tested to create a healthier sleeping environment.

For a pillow or pillow cover to be CERTIFIED, we test to make sure it has:

  • An outer fabric that blocks allergens like dust mites from passing through
  • Is "breathable" fabric for your comfort
  • Can be easily cleaned to remove allergens
  • Can withstand the wear and tear of the recommended cleaning techniques
  • No chemicals known to trigger asthma and allergy symptoms
If a pillow or pillow cover meets our standards by passing all of our tests, it earns our certification. When you shop for a pillow or pillow cover, look for the CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® mark on the packaging to know if it meets these standards.

About the asthma & allergy friendly®Certification Program
The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program is a unique, groundbreaking collaboration between the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and Allergy Standards Limited. The program tests and certifies products to help you create a healthier home. The program works with retailers and manufacturers to offer consumers products for a #healthierhome. CERTIFIED products include air cleaners, dehumidifiers, paints, bedding, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, stuffed toys, cleaning services and more. Visit for more information.

To help you make informed decisions, we have CERTIFIED more than 200 products. When you are shopping for products for your home, look for the CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® mark. It means we certify that the product passed our standards to reduce exposure to allergens and improve air quality.

Visit to search for CERTIFIED products and learn more about the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program.


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I just ordered a new mattress encasement (zippered) and 2 pillow encasements from AAFA's list here-- my old-one's zipper broke (it was not one from aafa's list and it was kinda cheap and had a plastic-y feel and was tough to clean) so that is why this time I wanted an AAFA certified one. I cant wait for it to come!

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