It is election season and, recently, I heard one politician describe another as having the IQ of dryer lint. After I stopped laughing – being a “lint head” myself (aka, a textile guy) and prone to a bizarre curiosity about such things – I started thinking about dryer lint. This article is intended to increase awareness and knowledge about the often overlooked subject of dryer lint.
If you already have dust allergies, you are well aware of DUST MITES – those microscopic bugs that live on dead skin cells shed by you and your pets. They don’t carry disease, but many people are allergic to their feces. Dust mites are only visible with a microscope. In the photomicrograph below, you can see a dust mite trying to get through our Pristine® allergen barrier fabric. He can’t do it. And that’s a good thing. Dust mites, it seems, have two missions in life: procreation and defecation. A typical mattress contains tens of thousands of dust mites. And a single dust mite can produce 20 waste droppings each day, each containing a protein which can cause various miseries from itchy eyes to asthma attacks. Consider that ten percent of the weight of a two-year old pillow can be composed of dead mites and their waste. Just thinking about this always makes me itch. There is a solution. Just keep reading.
In one of the Peanuts comic strips, Linus embraces his security blanket after rescuing it from the trash, and says "Are you all right, ol' buddy?" To many people, their pillows are like security blankets. I even see people dragging their pillows through the airport. Pillows are personal – fulfilling very personal needs and comforts.
However, Linus and his followers may want to loosen the tight embrace on their favorite security blanket. It is not always healthy.
It has always surprised me that athletes of all stature wear the most technically sophisticated clothing and equipment on the planet, and at the end of the day sleep on bed linens just like their mothers and grandmothers used. However with new therapeutic bedding, as the famous sports quote goes, "Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional”.