The bedroom is a place where we spend a third of our lives. This means that it is of high importance that we make sure that it is totally safe and hazard-free. There are a lot of factors you probably never even thought about, that can affect your health in the most severe of ways!
There are some things you can do that are both budget and health-friendly. So take a look at our suggestions and give them a serious thought because they do make a difference.
Buy Organic Pillows and Pillow Cases
People are wrong to assume that cotton is best; however cotton is exposed to 25% of the world’s insecticides and more than 14% of its pesticides. Don’t even get us started with synthetics.
Eliminate All Artificial Materials from Your Bedding, Bedroom, and Closet
Synthetic fabric like acrylic, nylon, and polyester is made out of thermoplastics. When heated, these fabrics release gas plastic molecules. Clothes that don’t wrinkle will cover your body in plastic and formaldehyde.
Eliminate Artificial Clothing Items
Synthetic materials are made out of coal, oil, or natural gas, therefore you should choose clothes made from natural or organic fabrics.
Eliminate Faux/Fabric Furniture
Artificial leather for example. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) as well. Being the most hazardous of all plastics. Water and stain resistant furniture is also toxic.
Eliminate Particle Board and MDF
Formaldehyde, a composing part of this type of furniture can aggravate asthma and other lung issues, negatively affect the mucous membranes and inflict contact dermatitis. It is a famous carcinogen that can cause nasopharyngeal carcinoma (throat cancer)as well as headaches, allergies, sickening and a burning feeling in the throat.
Eliminate Accent/Throw Rugs
If possible, avoid all types of rugs or carpet. Especially those made out of polyester which contains antimony, a carcinogen that is harmful for the heart, lungs, liver, and skin.
Use No-VOC Paint
VOCs pollute the air and cause breathing difficulties, headaches, stinging and watery eyes and dizziness.
Shoe Free Zone
By keeping your shoes outside you will avoid getting pollen, dirt and chemicals inside.
Minimize Electronic Devices
Electrical devices can disturb a relaxing night of sleep by interrupting your sleeping patterns, disrupting your mind and body’s recovery.
Replace or Cover Your Mattress
Buy an organic mattress to avoid getting in touch with flame retardant and stain resistant chemicals.
Buy an Air Cleaner
Get yourself one with HEPA filtration, and make certain that whatever you purchase doesn’t produce ozone.
Remove Chemically Treated Drapes or Shades
Drapes, curtains and shades are filled with dust, pollen, and similar allergens. If you must have them, than at least choose ones made out of organic materials.