Unfortunately, we’ve been delayed again because two of my new blankets got contaminated and needed to be washed ASAP.
A couple weeks ago, a badly contaminated sleeping bag and a pair of pants cross contaminated all my bedding. The contamination didn’t wash out of my clothes and blankets so we eventually decided to start over. We got rid of everything… except the cot. We decided to give up on sleeping bags altogether and bought four large fleece blankets instead.
All four of the blankets felt good the first night but by the second night they were already feeling really itchy. I’m thinking it was probably a mistake to keep my cot. We should have made a completely clean break. I knew the cot had also been contaminated but thought that replacing the mattress pad would be enough. I guess I was wrong. So discouraging!
This morning, I posted about the bedding situation on the Mold Avoiders Facebook group and got some helpful responses. Several people mentioned that synthetic fabrics seem to “go bad” quicker and stay bad. In their experience, contamination washes out of cotton much more easily. I thought that was really interesting and might explain why my cotton t-shirts haven’t been “going bad” like the bedding has.
We’ll see if the contamination washes out or not. If it doesn’t, we may have to go shopping again and just buy a large stack of cotton blankets. It’s such a struggle to stay warm without a sleeping bag though! They do make cotton sleeping bags but washing those by hand would be very difficult. I was sort of wondering if snow pants and a jacket would work. I wish they made 100% cotton snow pants but I haven’t been able to find any affordable ones yet.
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