Here’s an interesting development. In a previous post, I wrote about our experience choosing a mattress that wouldn’t be an allergy source for this specific detergent problem. In trying to find something that wouldn’t shed detergent-laden dust or introduce potential allergens such as latex, we chose an organic cotton mattress with a food-grade polyethylene dust-mite barrier from Naturepedic, on a solid maple platform bed from Pacific Rim.
With some months of experience behind us now, I have to add a wonderful observation. Not only have we had no problems with detergent dust, we have had no problems with dust of any kind! In my experience, the space under mattresses is a breeding ground for large dust bunnies. Under this mattress, there have been no dust bunnies to speak of, and almost no dust at all.
I don’t know if the dust-mite barrier is entirely the reason, or if it is a combination of the barrier and the higher-than usual space under the bed (good air circulation) — but the rest of the room has remained quite low-dust as well, with no dust bunnies around the bed, either.
In contrast, the traditional mattress in the other room begets as many dust bunnies as ever, as I have come to expect is normal under a bed.
Quite apart from the allergy issue, it’s wonderful not to get those piles of dust under the mattress. I never realized shedding from the mattress could be such a source — especially since we vacuum our traditional mattress every time we change the bedding.