Frequently Asked Questions
- Washing & Product Care
- Returns, Shipping, Custom, Policies
- General Bedding & Sleep Questions
- Product Specific Questions
- Mattress Specific Questions
- Clearance Item Questions
- Wool Related
- Cotton Related
- Latex Related
- Chemicals, Dyes, Testing, Certifications
- Allergies & Chemical Sensitivities
Is it true that dust mites don’t like wool?
Not only do they not like wool, they just plain can’t live in it. The microscopic bristles on the wool fibers, which allows wool to felt to itself, prove inhospitable to dust mites.
Wool, therefore is a great choice if you have allergies to dust mites. Wool is the exception, other bedding materials provide an environment for dust mites such as cotton batting and down fibers.
I may have a wool allergy, is your wool different in any way?
We have met very few people since we have been in business (2000) who are truly allergic to wool. Some people are just plain allergic to the 1% of the sheep’s natural lanolin that is intentionally left in the wool to keep it supple.
For those of you who are irritated by wearing wool, from finding it scratchy to breaking out in hives, our theory here at Holy Lamb is that those types of reactions are due to the fact that the majority of wool used in the garment industry has gone through a chemical carbonization process. Basically the wool is dipped in a bath of sulphuric acid and then run through a dryer to carbonize any vegetable matter. We assert that there is a chemical residue left on the wool. The carbonization process also makes the wool brittle and scratchy causing skin irritation.
Our incredible wool has never gone through a chemical process nor has it been carbonized. Find out more about Our Mill and their best practices and our Local Eco Wool. Additionally, wool resists bacteria, dust-mites and is actually both antimicrobial and antibacterial. People who have allergies often find relief with natural wool bedding.
If you are at all unsure, we encourage you to test our materials for yourself by ordering our Sensitivity Kit.
What is the best bedding material to use if you have asthma and respiratory allergies?
Hands down- wool bedding is the first thing you should try because dust mites can’t live in wool and dust mite allergies are a major concern if you have allergies.
I have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, what precautions do you take to ensure the products are pure and chemical free?
All of of our raw materials are routinely certified and we have all of those certifications in house from all of our mills and vendors. Holy Lamb Organics is a scent-free facility and no chemicals are used on site- this is something we take very seriously.
We offer a Raw Materials Sensitivity Kit with instructions on testing for material sensitivity.
Do you have samples of the raw materials that I could use to muscle test myself?
We offer a Raw Materials Sensitivity Kit, which includes sealed samples of our organic sateen fabric, Premium Eco-Wool™ and Dunlop Latex with instructions included on how to test for sensitivity to our materials.
Does the fabric have any type of sizing or chemical finish on it?
No way, there is no chemical sizing or finish used on any of our fabrics. This is in contrast to the harsh chemicals used in finishing conventional fabric that you would find, for example, on textiles in a fabric store.
Is your wool carbonized, chlorinated, or bleached?
Our wool is never carbonized. Read more about the carbonization process.
Our wool is never chlorinated. Chlorine treated wool is what makes wool washable. Ever wonder why you can wash your new wool socks or base layer wool shirt but not your favorite wool sweater? The chlorine process eliminates the microscopic burrs that allows wool to felt. It is very handy for washing, but some people who are sensitive may react to any residue that is on the fabric. Patagonia has an interesting article on this topic.
Some wool bedding companies do offer “washable” wool comforters made with chlorine treated wool. At Holy Lamb Organics, we offer the best of both worlds- a completely natural wool, untreated, that has specifically-designed washing instructions to enable our customers to keep their bedding clean and fresh.