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2 hours ago, Kwasaki said:

I suck the dust in house with my Dyson. 👍

I have a vacuum cleaner too. The floor is not so much the problem because there I can use it. But the dust is everywhere. On tables, on shelves, on the couch .... on everything. And for sure in my lung too.

 

On the Internet I found endless information about dust mites and their dust. But not much about the dust of the bed linen and no real fix. I am wondering that not many seem to have the same problem. But perhaps you don't have dark glass surfaces and don't see it so much because of this. 

 

 

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I thought the biggest source of dust was dead human skin?

This is a serious reply and not intended to be rude to you. Based on observations on some of your answers. Ie worrying about dust, worrying about the cost of a washing machine/linin and not sleep

Buy an air filter! 

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what you have is lint , common and no issue. tumble drying will remove some by means of the lint filter. but never seen one here. a good shake when dry will help. outside of course !

 

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1 hour ago, Beggar said:

I have a vacuum cleaner too. The floor is not so much the problem because there I can use it. But the dust is everywhere. On tables, on shelves, on the couch .... on everything. And for sure in my lung too.

 

On the Internet I found endless information about dust mites and their dust. But not much about the dust of the bed linen and no real fix. I am wondering that not many seem to have the same problem. But perhaps you don't have dark glass surfaces and don't see it so much because of this. 

 

Dust is a problem anywhere either move out of village/town or hire someone to clean everyday.

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2 hours ago, Beggar said:

I do not want to buy a new washing machine and in the worst case get the same result 😉

The situation you described sound way more than we have experienced. What kind of washing machine do you use?
 

FWIW The one SWMBO’s been using that was producing more dust items is a top loader.

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3 hours ago, jastheace said:

tumble drying will remove some by means of the lint filter. but never seen one here

 

I use a 12,000 baht tumble dryer from Lazada. Heat is vented outside through a penetration. 

 

To answer OP's question - Its just cheap cotton or cotton that's been used a lot. 


I have "Brushed Microfiber" that are "Hypoallergenic" that use a synthetic fiber - not cotton. 

 

I bought these, shipped directly to my house in Thailand:

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NQDGAP2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1

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First of all thank you all for your help. The photo below shows new dust after about 8 hours. If I don't clean you can write with your fingers on it after two days. Now to your responses.


The dust comes mainly from the bed linen. You can see the white fibers (lint). If the bed linen is old or new does not make any difference. 


The bed linen is 100 % cotton. Silk I don't want to use - too much care when cleaning. Polyester like Micro Fiber that Thainess recommended I also don't want to use. It is bad enough that I get cotton fibers into my lung. Polyester fibers are for sure not more healthy. 


I use a top loader washing machine. Can't switch to a front loader now. 


I was hoping that there exists a special higher quality cotton material to avoid all this dust. I read so much on the Internet about this only to find out that cheap and also very expensive products seem to have the same problem. But I can't believe that I am the only one that is annoyed by all this dust and that there is no fix for this. Will start to clean now - again and again... 

 

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You keep referring to "linen" but saying they are cotton.  I know it's common to refer to all that type of stuff as "linen" but linen is actually a different fabric than cotton made from flax.  Usually a bit more expensive than cotton but maybe worth a try.  

 

Edit: Are you by any chance soaking your bedding in bleach?  Not a good idea.

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32 minutes ago, bankruatsteve said:

You keep referring to "linen" but saying they are cotton.  I know it's common to refer to all that type of stuff as "linen" but linen is actually a different fabric than cotton made from flax.  Usually a bit more expensive than cotton but maybe worth a try.  

 

Edit: Are you by any chance soaking your bedding in bleach?  Not a good idea.

Bleach I use perhaps every 6 months.

 

Linen is complicated when cleaning. Only low temperature, best washed alone, no bleach, no spinning, no dryer and endless ironing.

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I have the same problem and noticed that there is significantly more dust when I hang dry my clothes/towels/sheets vs using a dryer.  

 

I also believe that the quality of the cotton in the fabric contributes to the amount.  Long staple cotton is what you want to look for.  It’s expensive, but the sheets will last longer 

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1 hour ago, Beggar said:

I use a top loader washing machine. Can't switch to a front loader now. 

I suggest that you get a set of bed linen washed in a reasonably new frontloading washing machine, that will give a datum point.
 

Use a dryer for one set for another datum.

 

Check to see if your local laundrette (laundromat for the colonial cousins, coin laundry for the Japanese) has front loaders and try a set there for yet another datum. 
 

I personally prefer a polycotton mix as I don’t want to be bothered doing the ironing for a pure cotton. Also pure cotton is rather difficult to find, certainly available but not as easy to find as polyester cotton. 
 

Also the amount of dust is not normal as far as I know.

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1 hour ago, bankruatsteve said:

You keep referring to "linen" but saying they are cotton.  I know it's common to refer to all that type of stuff as "linen" but linen is actually a different fabric than cotton made from flax.  Usually a bit more expensive than cotton but maybe worth a try.  

Bedlinen is a generic term for the bedding products such as sheets, pillow cases, bolster covers, duvet covers etc. Bedlinen can be made of a variety of different fabrics which include cotton, Polyester cotton, linen, silk, and various other materials it doesn’t imply that it’s made from linen or have any linen in it.

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I always sleep with pure cotton sheets, the higher the thread count the more expensive they are, my preference is for about a 320 thread count as the sheets breathe better than higher and more expensive counts.

I have never experienced the problem the OP is having, its either cheap nasty "cotton" that is disintegrating, or you are using soaps and chemicals that are causing the "breakdown" or a combination! how acidic is your water supply?

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44 minutes ago, sometimewoodworker said:

Bedlinen is a generic term for the bedding products such as sheets, pillow cases, bolster covers, duvet covers etc. Bedlinen can be made of a variety of different fabrics which include cotton, Polyester cotton, linen, silk, and various other materials it doesn’t imply that it’s made from linen or have any linen in it.

Thank you for pointing out what I clearly stated.

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