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Before you add a wool blanket to your bed – or cozy up with one on the couch, know this: It could be teeming with dust mites. According to microbiologist Dr. David Clarke, when both wool and cotton were exposed to microscopic mites, the wool attracted 42% MORE mites than the cotton. That’s because wool has a deeper pile, with more twists in the fibers… which allows mites to crawl inside, hunker down and multiply. So before you get out the wool blanket, wash it and allow it to dry completely. Then repeat the washing and drying every 2 weeks.

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