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an advantage for dust mite allergies???
bookwormbethie
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Date: 4/25/12 3:08 PM

Hi, y'all. I've happily been using Warm&White and Warm&Natural batting for years and have been pleased with it.

I was browsing batting on fabric.com and came across soy/cotton batting that is "naturally antibacterial"
http://www.fabric.com/notions-patterns-quilter-39-s-notions-quilt-batting-soy-soft-soy-blend-batting-queen-90-x-108-.aspx

and a bamboo/cotton blend that is "hypo-allergenic" and also "naturally antibacterial"
http://www.fabric.com/notions-patterns-quilter-39-s-notions-quilt-batting-kyoto-bamboo-blend-batting-%2890-x-108-%29-queen.aspx

Both can be stitched up to 8" apart......

Has anyone tried either of these battings? If so, did you like them? The drape? How they are after being washed and dried? The bamboo/cotton blend is so close in price to Warm&White's queen size batting... the soy/cotton blend is a bit pricier.

Over the summer, I'd like to start making a full or queen size quilt for our bed, and was thinking about batting options. I have bad seasonal allergies and recently found out that I'm allergic to dust mites (I scored a 2 on a 0-4 scale). Just wondering if either the soy/cotton or bamboo/cotton would be a better idea for my dust mite allergy?? Not too sure, since I figured washing bedding in hot water would kill the mites. Don't know if either batting would help with mite prevention or just be an overall "cleaner" choice?????

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Date: 4/25/12 6:35 PM

Considering that dust mites live mostly on microscopic dead skin cells, I don't think it should make much difference directly. However, if it handles frequent washing and drying better, it could help out.

I haven't used either one, yet.

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Date: 4/27/12 2:42 PM

It won't matter which batting you choose since the mites are happy to live in the fabric as well. Scientific studies have shown that not making the bed and leaving it open to air kills most of the mites because they like a warmer temperature. Once I saw that study I quit making the bed! I scored a 4 on the mite scale and get nasty bumpy hives when I am near them.

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Date: 4/28/12 0:17 AM

I was also curious about the bamboo batting as I had a pair of bamboo socks that were nice.

So bought a bamboo dishrag & boy did I hate that thing. It always smelled & could never get it clean.

We're not living in a humid place & everything dries fast here so why the smell?

The socks were made from a different type of bamboo fabric.

Decided not to get the bamboo batting, didn't want to wash the quilt all the time & because of the dishrag, the smell might stay.

It'll be interesting to hear if anyone has used the bamboo batting.
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Date: 4/28/12 12:44 PM

Quote: NM gal
I was also curious about the bamboo batting as I had a pair of bamboo socks that were nice.



So bought a bamboo dishrag & boy did I hate that thing. It always smelled & could never get it clean.



We're not living in a humid place & everything dries fast here so why the smell?



The socks were made from a different type of bamboo fabric.



Decided not to get the bamboo batting, didn't want to wash the quilt all the time & because of the dishrag, the smell might stay.



It'll be interesting to hear if anyone has used the bamboo batting.

I bought some bamboo batting but have not used it yet.

When I made cloth diapers for my grandson, I used bamboo all the time. I used bamboo stuffing for the soakers and a 70/30 bamboo cotton blend for the linings.

I also used bamboo/cotton fleece as batting for a flannel quilt (it's like sweatshirt fleece). That quilt is super soft!

I have never had a bad smell issue with any of them.

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Date: 5/4/12 7:28 PM

i used bamboo batting in a quilt and it turned out very nicely and was very easy to work with. i would use it again. I don't really know the merits of it but the end result was just as if it was 100% cotton.
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Date: 5/15/12 9:52 AM

I love using bamboo batting in kids quilts. For adults in the south, unless its winter, its too hot.

I say try it and see how you like working with it.
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