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How to Avoid Health-Harming Chemicals in Your Mattress

Did you know that many of the mattresses on the market today have chemicals in them? These chemicals can cause a wide range of health issues from respiratory ailments and symptoms to infertility, birth defects in babies, cancer, and more. Here’s what you need to know about health-harming chemicals in mattresses, and how you can avoid them in your mattress.



Health-Harming Chemicals Found in Mattresses

Different types of mattresses expose people to different chemicals. Some chemicals may be related to the age of the mattress as well. For instance, years ago, mattresses were made with polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) fire retardants. Eventually, they were discovered to have so many hazardous health consequences including:

  • Lower intelligence scores in children
  • Higher rates of hyperactivity in children
  • Hearing loss
  • Fetal malformations
  • Thyroid hormone disruptions

Some studies suggest that PBDEs may possibly cause some forms of cancer as well.

Formaldehyde is another big problem found in polyurethane memory foam mattresses. Not only does it cause irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat, but it is also a potential cause of cancer. Formaldehyde is only one of the health-harming chemicals that is commonly used in polyurethane foam used to make mattresses. These are a few of the other potentially harmful chemicals you’ll find in polyurethane foam mattresses:

  • PVC – Polyvinyl chloride, which is a known carcinogen.
  • Boric acid – Causes infertility, developmental delays, and neurological issues.
  • Isocyanates – Cause asthma attacks at even minimal levels.

That’s before you even get to the adhesives that are so commonly used in mattress making. These harmful chemicals have been associated with nausea, headaches, dizziness, respiratory issues, shortness of breath, weakness, tingling in the legs, and problems with memory and concentration.

The bottom line for consumers like you is that you want to avoid these potentially harmful chemicals in your mattress. This is what you need to do to make that happen.

Avoiding Health-Harming Chemicals in Your Mattress

Buying a chemical free and non-toxic mattress for your home isn’t as difficult as you’ve been led to believe. But, there are certain steps you need to take to ensure that you’re getting the healthy mattress you expect. Here’s what you need to do.

1. Choose a Mattress Made from Organic Materials

Organic materials aren’t exposed to chemicals. That means your organic mattress won’t even have chemical residue on it from exposure to synthetic fertilizers, harmful chemicals, chemical dyes, pesticides, and other health-harming ingredients. Organic mattresses offer other benefits, beyond the healthy sleeping benefits as well. They can help to regulate your body temperature by wicking moisture away. This allows you to get better quality sleep, which is doubly beneficial for your health.

2. Look for Transparency in the Supply Chain

Learning about the materials in each layer of your mattress and the certifications for each material, will ensure that you’re not buying a chemical filled, toxic mattress. Not only are you buying with the knowledge that these materials are responsibly sourced when you trace the supply chain, you’re also able to buy with confidence that your mattress is good for your health and that of your family.

3. Look for Appropriate Certifications

Not all certifications are created equal. Some certifications carry greater weight because they are conducted, monitored, and administered by independent agencies that have their own standards and criteria for certification. Among the top organizations for mattress certifications are:

  • Global Organic Textile Standard
  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100
  • GreenGuard Gold
  • USDA Organic
  • ECO Institut
  • Global Organic Latex Standard

Mattresses that have received certifications from these organizations have been thoroughly vetted to prove they are free of the health-harming chemicals you’re seeking to avoid.

4. Ask Questions

Don’t take a label’s word for it. Ask questions of those selling the mattresses. Find out where the materials are sourced, what materials go into the making of the mattresses, where the mattresses are made, and how the mattresses are made. Call the phone numbers, read the interviews, and work with companies that offer greater transparency.

The PlushBeds family remains committed to your health just as it is committed to doing what is right for the planet. Our mattresses are made without the addition of chemicals, and handcrafted through organic methods that introduce no additional chemicals into the process. This means you can sleep easy on a mattress made by an organization that is as dedicated to your family’s good health as you are.

Beginning with our wool-free all-natural, vegan latex mattresses to our top of the line organic latex, Botanical Bliss mattress, we offer a wide range of mattresses that contain no chemicals, and come with our 100-night sleep risk-free trial.

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    Amber Merton

    Amber Merton is an accomplished writer on the topics of green living and sleep. Her work has been covered in numerous online publications. Amber has been a regular author on the PlushBeds blog for the past 7 years.

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