Hidden Bedroom Horrors – What’s in Your Bedroom That Could Be Slowly Harming Your Health, and How Can You Make Your Room a Toxin-Free Space for Sleep?
A bedroom should be a haven where you can relax and get the healthiest sleep possible. And yet many bedrooms are filled with potentially harmful furnishings due to the toxins they contain or the bacteria they can harbor. Here’s a look at the potential health issues of bedrooms.
Many mattresses are made of soft materials for comfort, but they can have significant gaps inside those materials where bacteria can breed, including those that trigger allergic reactions. Dust mites can also settle in many mattresses, so choose one made using natural materials and rated as mite-proof.
A lot of bedding is made from synthetic material, which is treated with chemicals. Buy natural bedding to avoid harmful reactions to the chemicals released as synthetic fibers break down.
Bed frames made from cheaper pressed wood, varnished, or rated as fire-proof can be laden with chemicals that can enter the air you breathe over time.
Wardrobes and Dressers
Wardrobes and dressers have the same issues as bed frames – cheaper options from non-solid wood can break down. Cheap plywood can also harbor mold very quickly if you don’t have good airflow.
Side Tables and Shelving
Side tables and shelving again should be made from solid wood coated with natural treatments only. Because they are scraped and scuffed more, chemical compounds are likely to be released.
Children’s bedrooms are a breeding ground for bacteria, and playmats – whether synthetic rugs or plastic mats – can cause nasty reactions.
Plastic children’s toys are another potential problem as they can easily get scratched, leaving grooves where bacteria can multiply and become embedded.
Harm to Humans
There are various adverse effects to humans from these toxin-laden products. Allergic reactions and respiratory issues are some of the most common.
Harm to Pets
Pets will spend a lot of time in your bedroom if you let them, and they can suffer just as severely as humans – if not worse. Cats with allergy problems struggle if you haven’t chosen healthy, toxin-free furnishings.
Soft Furnishings & Detergents
While many health issues can come from the materials products are made of, it can also be down to the detergent you’re using. Use natural detergents when washing bedding to avoid allergic reactions in you and your cats or dogs when laying on your bed.
Choosing the Best Materials
The best materials for furnishings in your bedroom are those which can’t be scratched and worn easily. Natural woods and bamboo are excellent choices for bedframes and dresses. At the same time, anything glass, ceramic, or metal will be healthier too.
Materials to Avoid
The materials you want to avoid when furnishing your home include anything stuffed with foam, any plastic materials, and pressed wood such as MDF and plywood – these go through chemical treatments during manufacture and are more susceptible to bacteria when scratched.
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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,