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\u2019s what you need to know about health-harming chemicals in mattresses, and how you can avoid them in your mattress.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nHealth-Harming Chemicals Found in Mattresses\n\n\n\nDifferent 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:\n\n\n\nLower intelligence scores in childrenHigher rates of hyperactivity in childrenHearing lossFetal malformationsThyroid hormone disruptions\n\n\n\nSome studies suggest that PBDEs may possibly cause some forms of cancer as well.\n\n\n\nFormaldehyde 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\u2019ll find in polyurethane foam mattresses:\n\n\n\nPVC - Polyvinyl chloride, which is a known carcinogen.Boric acid - Causes infertility, developmental delays, and neurological issues.Isocyanates - Cause asthma attacks at even minimal levels.\n\n\n\nThat\u2019s 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. \n\n\n\nThe 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.\n\n\n\nAvoiding Health-Harming Chemicals in Your Mattress\n\n\n\nBuying a chemical free and non-toxic mattress for your home isn\u2019t as difficult as you\u2019ve been led to believe. But, there are certain steps you need to take to ensure that you\u2019re getting the healthy mattress you expect. Here\u2019s what you need to do.\n\n\n\n1. Choose a Mattress Made from Organic Materials\n\n\n\nOrganic materials aren\u2019t exposed to chemicals. That means your organic mattress won\u2019t 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.\n\n\n\n2. Look for Transparency in the Supply Chain\n\n\n\nLearning about the materials in each layer of your mattress and the certifications for each material, will ensure that you\u2019re 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\u2019re also able to buy with confidence that your mattress is good for your health and that of your family.\n\n\n\n3. Look for Appropriate Certifications\n\n\n\nNot 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:\n\n\n\nGlobal Organic Textile StandardOEKO-TEX Standard 100GreenGuard GoldUSDA OrganicECO InstitutGlobal Organic Latex Standard\n\n\n\nMattresses that have received certifications from these organizations have been thoroughly vetted to prove they are free of the health-harming chemicals you\u2019re seeking to avoid.\n\n\n\n4. Ask Questions\n\n\n\nDon\u2019t take a label\u2019s 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. \n\n\n\nThe 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\u2019s good health as you are. \n\n\n\nBeginning 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.\n\n\n\nLink to Us!\n\n\n\nIf you found this article useful, please copy and paste it into the html code of your website or blog: Learn More About Going Green at the <a href"https:\/\/www.plushbeds.com\/blog\/mattress\/how-to-avoid-health-harming-chemicals-in-your-mattress\/">PlushBeds Green Living Blog<\/a>.