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Give me the skinny on wool animals/toys/dolls and environmental allergies to dust and dust mites. Does wool breed dust mites like any other fabric?

The reason I ask is that I am considering an investment in 2 waldorf-style dolls for the girls' birthdays this year, and I'd like to know if wool is any different from any other fabric in terms of dust and dust mites. The dolls are mostly if not entirely made of wool and natural cotton fabrics.

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Baking under the hot sun, vaccume the surface often or hand wash/natural dry -is what I do.
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There is no reason you can't use a dust buster to suck out the dust.
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Let me clarify. Do dust mites love to breed in wool fabrics as much as they love to breed in pillows and mattresses? That's my question. A dust buster or vacuum will not remove dust mites.
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One of the reasons why I bought a natural wool and cotton mattress for DS is that I read that wool naturally resists dust mites.

Vacuuming regularly does keep the mites down but probably doesn't remove all completely.

Baking in hot sun is a great idea too, thanks Greencat
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I'm not sure if wool is dust repellant? I'll go with Jane and say it probably is. I know its anti microibal...

About the vacuuming -no, a vacuum won't kill a dust mite, per se. But you still need to do it, cause it will get rid of the dead skin cells and such that dust mites feed on, hence greatly reducing and/or eliminating the population of said dust mites.
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Magnoliamama,

Dust mites can live and breed wherever there is fabric. That includes carpets and upholstery as well. Although they do prefer mattresses since we spend almost a 1/3 of our lives lying on them. We and pets as well provide the perfect breeding ground for dust mites. We shed our skin on a daily basis which provides the dust mites with an abundant food source.

Our company specializes in minimizing these kinds of pests from homes and offices.

You can learn more about dust mites on our website: http:www.mitexofhr.com

I hope this helps out!

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After washing you can stick the dolls in the deep freezer for six hours to kill off the mites. Freezing won`t kill the allergens, just the mites. I guess it would depend on how serious the dust mite allergy is. There will be dust mites on the surface, which is cotton. It is also the part in human contact, ie. dead skin and hair for the mites to feed on.
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