Having a non-toxic mattress in your bedroom is important since you spend one third of your life in bed. Find out what you need to know to get the right toxic-free mattress.
There is a lot of buzz these days about toxins in the household and if mattresses are safe. A non-toxic mattress can be a good alternative for those who are concerned about the potential problems caused by chemical emissions.
What to Avoid
Many mattresses contain petroleum byproducts, volatile organic compounds, plastics, vinyls and flame retardant chemicals, which are required by law on some materials for fire protection. These chemicals may pollute the air, even after the off-gassing process is complete, and cause respiratory problems and allergic reactions.
If you do opt for a standard mattress or already own one, you can lessen the affects of chemical emissions on your health by accelerating off-gassing. Heat up your house, turn on some fans and open a window to flush chemicals out of the mattress and out of the air in your house. You may still smell the chemicals but they shouldn’t be as strong.
What to Look for
Modern mattresses can be made without these compounds and still meet requirements for fire protection. Instead, manufacturers use plant-based and natural materials that can be organic. Some common materials are wool, which is naturally flame retardant and resistant to mildew and dust mites, and cotton for batting.
Memory foam and latex mattresses can both made from natural materials, too. Memory foam is traditionally made with petroleum byproducts but it can also be made with plant-based oils, which may result in a mattress that retains less heat than standard memory foam.
Latex can be fully crafted from the sap of rubber trees, rather than artificial chemicals.
As you shop for a mattress, you should also look for certifications from organizations that monitor toxins in mattresses to see if they feel the mattress is less toxic.
It Will Cost You
Organic, all-natural mattresses can cost significantly more than traditional mattresses. The extra money, though, may be worth it for the peace of mind and assurances that your mattress isn’t harming your health.