People have recently started understanding the dangers of toxic cleaning products and dryer sheets and are avoiding putting them in their home, but rarely anyone is aware of the dangers that lurk in our bedroom, where we spend almost a third of our lives.
Making your bedroom clean and cancer-free is tough and expensive, so you might want to start with the smaller things first. Decide on your own – some people start with the mattresses, while others begin with the bedding.
12 cancer-causing things you need to remove from your bedroom:
- Replace your pillow cases and pillows with organic materials
Most of the people believe that cotton is much safer than synthetics, however, cotton uses 25% of the world’s insecticides and 14% of pesticides. Replace your cotton bedding with organic materials if you can afford it.
Portable air cleaners can be taken from room to room. You can get ne with HEPA filtration, but make sure it does not contain ozone.
- Remove or replace all artificial fabrics from your bedding, closet, and bedroom
Thermoplastics is used for making synthetic materials. When heated, it releases plastic molecules, thus if you are wearing wrinkle-free clothes, then you breathe in dangerous formaldehydes. Replace these with organic materials.
- Remove any drapes or shades which are being chemically treated
They are full with dust, allergens, and pollen, thus replace them with organic alternatives. However, if this is too expensive for you, barter with a friend who can sew curtains. A great alternative are wood blinds. You may consider those trapped between the glass.
- Cover or replace your mattresses
If you want to live in a healthier environment you have to do this, even though it is hard. Most of the mattresses are sprayed with flame retardants and chemicals which can cause health issues. If you cannot afford replacing your mattresses, wrap it in a foil barrier cloth that can be purchased online.
- Minimize electrical devices
They disrupt sleeping, thus avoid putting any electric devices into your bedroom.
- Remove or replace artificial clothes in your closet
Coal, oil, or natural gas are the basis of most synthetic fabrics. The liquid is spread through holes of a nozzle named a spinneret, emerging as instantly cooled to form small threads woven to create a fabric. In order to make them more durable, a layer of Teflon is being added. Over time, synthetic clothing can become very dangerous, thus you should replace it with organic materials.
If you have faux leather furniture in your bedroom, you should replace it with organic materials as fake leather contains PVC (polyvinyl chloride), the most dangerous fabric. PVC is made more flexible with the use of phthalates that can disrupt your endocrine system, and pillows and cushions are sprayed with toxic chemicals that can result in serious health problems.
Always have indoor and outdoor shoes in your home to avoid letting contaminants inside. Buy a shoe tray and put it by your door to easily change your shoes.
Whenever you’re painting your home, use nonvolatile organic compounds paint. VOCs react to other elements in the air to produce ozone which can cause many health problems.
Rugs look great in the bedroom, but they trap dust, dust mites and allergens which can be the source of many problems. The rugs are usually made from polyester and antimony which can be fatal. Rugs have also been found to contain olefin and nylon.
- Remove particle boards and MDF
Furniture that contains MDF is very dangerous. The material is made from softened and powdered shredded wood combined with resin and bonding agents compacted into solid boards. MDF also contains formaldehyde that can harm your respiratory system.
Particle boards are also full of formaldehyde which has been linked to different types of cancer. How Stuff Works says that they reduce their toxicity by 25% in 2 months and 50% in a year, and from there, they release toxic materials for the next 10 years! Instead of MDF furniture or particle boards, try finding solid wood, glass or metal tables and desks.
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