A chemical free mattress is just as the name implies, free from chemicals…completely!
While the term may seem self explanatory, in today’s complex world of synthetically produced fibers and chemically treated products, it can actually be misrepresented or only partially accurate at times.
If you’re looking for a mattress that is really free from chemicals, synthetic fibers and other toxins, it’s important to do your research about each bedding product that you find with the ‘chemical free’ label attached.
Sometimes people assume that ‘chemical free’ means simply non-allergenic, which is not one and the same.
For example, some people have allergy problems when sleeping on natural down pillows simply because they have allergies to feathers. Dust mites that can lodge in this natural material, but many down bedding accessories are completely chemical free.
So, it’s important to understand that ‘chemical free’ doesn’t always mean hypoallergenic and vice versa.
If you’re looking for a healthy mattress for whatever reason, be sure to know exactly what you’re getting before you purchase your new bed.
Chemical Free Mattress Q & A
Q: Is all the materials used to make the mattress completely organic?
A: You should find out if the inner core and all the layers as well as the outer shell of the mattress is made from chemical free fibers or materials.
Many companies that offer natural bedding will stipulate if it is certified organic material. This will help you have the assurance that you are selecting nontoxic bedding. Be sure to choose 100% organic cotton for the outer shell as well.
Organic material is that which has not been treated with chemicals in any way even in the production of the product. For example, raw cotton that is grown and harvested without the use of pesticides or herbicides and then processed without additional chemicals is considered organic.
Choosing organic material will help you sleep on a safer sleep surface that is free from flame retardants and insect repellents. It also insures that you will not be sleeping on synthetic materials such as petroleum based polyester or acrylic.
Q: What materials are best when looking for a mattress?
A: There are several types of organic, natural material that is used in producing chemical free mattresses. Some of the most popular are natural latex, organic cotton and chemical free wool.
You can find companies that offer various combinations of these materials for superior, nontoxic bedding as well as a few companies that offer custom made mattresses at your specifications.
One of the most popular and most durable beds chosen today is a latex mattress made with either Dunlop or Talalay latex.
You can also find organic cotton mattresses or combination cotton and wool mattresses with innersprings as well, which are also popular options.
Q: How does the price of a chemical free mattress compare to that of a standard mattress?
A: It’s usually a fact that any type of product made from organic or non-toxic materials tend to be more expensive. Synthetic materials are in more abundance and easier to process than organic, natural substances at times.
Also, the demand for non-toxic, chemical free bedding is not as large as it is for standard bedding products.
However, there are several online stores that offer deep discounts for chemical free bedding products. Be sure to compare prices before choosing your chemical free mattress.