The experts also say that creating a clean (non-toxic) bedroom can be a financial challenge, so starting small is the easiest solution. And, now you probably ask yourself – why? Well, that’s easy to answer – because every change you can make will have a positive impact on your health. How you begin is a personal decision based on your budget and health issues. Some people begin with replacing their mattress, others an air cleaner or bedding.
1. Replace Your Pillows and Pillow Cases with Organic Materials
First of all, you should replace your pillows and pillow cases with organic materials! The real and ugly truth is that many people make the mistake of assuming that cotton is a safer choice than synthetics, but the fact is that cotton uses 25% of the world’s insecticides and over 14% of its pesticides. As you can afford it, replace your bedding with organic materials.
2. Replace or Remove All Artificial Fabrics from Your Bedding, Bedroom, and Closet
This is also very important for you to know – synthetic materials such as acrylic, nylon, and polyester are made from thermoplastics. These fabrics out gas plastic molecules whenever they are heated. If you wear wrinkle free clothes you’re breathing in plastic and formaldehyde. Remember that you also absorb these chemicals directly through your skin.
3. Replace or Remove Artificial Clothes in Your Closet
As we said, unfortunately, the base for most synthetic fabrics is a liquid made from coal, oil, or natural gas. The liquid is forced through the fine holes of a nozzle, called a spinneret. As the liquid emerges from the holes, it is cooled so that it solidifies to form tiny threads. These threads are woven together to make fabric. Well, ladies and gentlemen, this means one thing – you should opt for clothing made of natural or organic materials.
4. Remove Faux/Fabric Furniture
Here’s what you need to know – well, if you have any furniture in your bedroom, such as a chair that is artificial leather, it shouldn’t be in your bedroom or any room in your house for that matter. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is often used in synthetic leather. PVC is widely regarded as the most dangerous of all plastics. Throw pillows and seating cushions that are stain and water resistant have been sprayed with chemicals that are toxic.
5. Remove Particle Board and MDF
If you have any furniture that is made of particle board, MDF or melamine, it shouldn’t be in your bedroom. The chemical that causes the most concern is formaldehyde, which can aggravate asthma and other lung conditions, irritate mucous membranes and cause contact dermatitis. Like MDF, particle board contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that has been directly linked to nasopharyngeal carcinoma (throat cancer) in people. The chemical can also cause headaches, allergies, nausea and a burning sensation in the throat.
6. Remove Accent/Throw Rugs
The experts say that wood or tile floors are easiest to clean and better options for allergy sufferers. While small accent or area rugs may look nice in your bedroom, they hold onto dirt, dust mites, and other allergens. If you can, omit rugs and carpet. Almost all polyester is manufactured with antimony, a carcinogen that is toxic to the heart, lungs, liver, and skin.
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