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quelinda

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Wool Pillows
« on: July 31, 2016, 02:40:07 PM »
Our household is in sad shape, pillow-wise. I would like to replace all of ours with wool pillows, as at least half of our family is allergic to dust mites. I'm thinking that these pillows might be able to last forever, if I air them out, because I can always add more wool if needed. I don't sew, but I was thinking I could use the barrier pillowcases that zip up the side.

However, I'm not sure if this would be super cost-effective, what kind of wool to use, or where to find the best wool at the best price.

Has anyone here ever done this?

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Re: Wool Pillows
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2016, 11:04:56 AM »
Make sure youre not allergic to wool =P I am and it sucks.

My allergologist recommends her patients to just buy cheap $4 pillows every 6 months instead of having great pillows. She says that even if you wash it and dry it as best as you can, it is VERY HARD to make it dry enough. Fungus and dust mites specially thrive on pillows.

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Re: Wool Pillows
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2016, 11:42:50 AM »
FYI, the people I know who've tried that sort of thing due to allergies have all given up and started buying new pillows/just not using pillows. Really don't know why, I've never asked them.

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Re: Wool Pillows
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2016, 12:30:35 PM »
Another one here who is allergic to dust mites, and even more allergic to wool.  I bought pillow covers from Allergy Control Products for my bed pillows and they have solved the problem at home.  I sometimes take a cover with me when I travel to, or buy an inexpensive pillow I then donate.

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Re: Wool Pillows
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2016, 03:05:34 PM »
Our household is in sad shape, pillow-wise. I would like to replace all of ours with wool pillows, as at least half of our family is allergic to dust mites. I'm thinking that these pillows might be able to last forever, if I air them out, because I can always add more wool if needed. I don't sew, but I was thinking I could use the barrier pillowcases that zip up the side.

However, I'm not sure if this would be super cost-effective, what kind of wool to use, or where to find the best wool at the best price.

Has anyone here ever done this?

I have a memory foam pillow.  It cost waaay too much (I had $200 store credit to blow in a store that had nothing else I wanted), but I have to admit that it is lasted well.  Going 3 years now and it still hasn't sagged or anything.  It's tempurpedic or some fancy brand like that, so the foam is dense.  It weighs a lot.

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Re: Wool Pillows
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2016, 03:21:20 PM »
I'm not sure what part of the country you're in, but a few hours in the sun in AZ will kill and air out pretty much anything.

We also wash our pillows and put them in the dryer on low with some tennis balls every few months.

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Re: Wool Pillows
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2016, 05:18:50 PM »
Make sure youre not allergic to wool =P I am and it sucks.

My allergologist recommends her patients to just buy cheap $4 pillows every 6 months instead of having great pillows. She says that even if you wash it and dry it as best as you can, it is VERY HARD to make it dry enough. Fungus and dust mites specially thrive on pillows.

Pretty sure none of us are allergic to wool. And wool is fungus- and dust-mite resistant, which is why I'm interested in wool pillows.

Another part of what I'm looking for is 100% natural/organic materials. Anything we put our heads on and breathe so close to should be as non-toxic as possible, IMO. So while we could buy cheap pillows, that wouldn't achieve part of my aim. I was just hoping to do this as cheaply as possible.