Using allergy free bedding is an important part of creating a healthy bedroom environment in which to sleep for those who have allergies or chemical sensitivities.
In fact, it’s a healthier choice for everyone to sleep on natural, nontoxic, chemical free bedding. Making the bedroom the healthiest room in the house makes perfect sense since a third of a person’s life is spent sleeping!
While it’s true that one person’s intensity or type of allergy or sensitivity is generally not the same as another’s, there are several important generalizations to consider when choosing products for the bedroom.
Here are a few tips to help you choose allergy free bedding:
Tip #1 – Use 100% Cotton for Bedding Accessories
You can find 100% cotton sheets, comforters, duvets, pillow cases, shams, bedskirts and matching curtains from many suppliers. Many of these items are made with part cotton and synthetic fabric like polyester.
These are usually cheaper and also give off a more toxic fume when first opened. While all cotton bedding is not always free from other mild chemicals that may be used in a treatment process to keep them from wrinkling, all cotton linens are generally the most chemical free and hypoallergenic unless you decide to go organic.
The ultimate in safe linens and accessories is organic cotton products that have never been exposed to chemicals from the cotton field to the bedroom.
You will find that many mainstream stores are offering a larger selection of organic cotton products to meet consumer demand for safer, less toxic bedding.
Tip #2 – Sleep on a Nontoxic Mattress
All mattresses typically manufactured by leading mattress companies are built to government codes that specify the use of certain chemicals to inhibit insect infestation and to prohibit the fast acceleration of a fire.
While these are important issues, the use of these chemicals in a typical mattress can cause health problems such as allergies, respiratory problems and other health issues for many people. In response to a need for safe, nontoxic mattresses, some companies only manufacture chemical free mattresses.
Material such as wool, organic cotton, and natural latex are often used to produce very comfortable, healthy mattresses. There are many combinations of safe materials that are used to construct various firmnesses, depths, and sizes.
For example, you can purchase a Dunlop or Talalay mattress that is completely made from a 9″ layer of pure, natural latex and covered with an organic cotton cover.
You can also find typical inner spring pillow top mattress and box spring sets that are made from various layers including a latex core, wool layers and finished in cotton that make very fine mattress sets.
There are any number of variations for constructing mattresses from which you can choose. You can even make your own natural mattress by purchasing several layers separately to create just the right custom mattress.
All of these mattresses are made free from all chemicals because these companies are allowed to produce organic mattresses without governmental requirements for adding the chemicals.
Wool for example, is a natural flame retardant and is a safe alternative to chemical retardants used in a conventional mattress.
Nontoxic mattresses tend to be more expensive than their mainstream counterparts, but prices are coming down as more and more companies are offering competition to the few who used to monopolize the chemical free mattress market.
There are also many online stores that provide great outlet or discount prices for healthy mattresses.
Tip #3 – Use a Natural Pillow
Many pillows are made from synthetic foam or alternative down, as some fill is called, but these are still laden with chemicals in the fill material as well as the covering.
If you want to stay away from all chemicals and sleep on a nontoxic pillow, you may want to try a natural latex pillow, natural white goose down pillow or even a buckwheat pillow. Of course, your choices will be determined by the ‘feel’ that you want for your pillow.
A pillow that conforms to your head and neck area can be found in a latex pillow that is produced from pure, natural latex. If you have no allergies to down, a pure white goose down pillow with all cotton cover is a good choice.
Another good allergy free pillow is one made with fill from organic cotton and covered with an organic cotton cover. There are also other choice for natural fill in a pillow which include organic buck wheat! There is a plethora of options for nontoxic pillows.
Tip #4 – About Duvets, Comforters and Blankets
For duvets, it’s a safe choice to select an all cotton cover and either white goose down fill or 100% cotton fill for the least allergenic problems.
Comforters are often made from synthetic fibers that fill them and then they are covered with a mixed fabric cover. Be sure to choose an comforter that is filled with 100% cotton fill or natural down that is covered with an all cotton cover.
Blankets and quilts should also be made from all cotton. You often have to check the sales labels to find out if quilts are solid cotton.
Some quilts are made with all cotton covers but are quilted with polyester batting rather than cotton. For the most nontoxic quilts, choose all cotton cover and batting materials.
Tip #5 – Don’t Forget Mattress Toppers
You can find natural mattress toppers made from latex, all cotton, or organic wool. The foam egg crate toppers and other synthetically made toppers will continue to emit fumes for sometime and may cause allergy or other health problems for some people. Be sure to read the manufacurer’s labels to determine the material.
Tip #6 – What about Shams, Curtains, Bedspreads?
If you want to match up your bedroom nicely with all your other bedding products, be sure to check out the bedding sets to make sure that all materials are natural materials rather than mixed with polyester, acrylic or other synthetic fibers.
This will lessen any chemical offgassing that can continue to occur in your room. If you can’t quite find the set you want, then mix and match! Sometimes you have to get creative to decorate a bedroom in nontoxic, hypoallergenic bedding.
There are many sources today from which you can find a wide variety of allergy free bedding, so be sure to compare quality, prices and materials in order to get the best natural products to create a healthy bedroom.