How Toxic is Your BED? (My Organic Bedding Makeover)

Chemicals. How I wish I could restart my brain and make it blissfully unaware of them all around me.

But I can’t. And I don’t want my family and loved ones (or me…) to be a part of the frightening and rising number of cancer sufferers of the modern world. So I do my best to stay away from the nasty ones by buying organic food and organic skin care and organic everything.

I thought I had this covered until my 4 year son developed a rash from the new Spiderman bedding I’ve bought for him last week. I know that this bedding set (that made him so happy) was the cause for his rash because the day I’ve replaced it with organic cotton bedding, the rash was gone.

I suddenly realized: We spend at least 7 hours every day lying on chemicals.

organic bedding

Conventional bedding supports chemical-heavy synthetic fabric production and pesticide-laden cotton farming.

Worse yet, did you know that most conventional bedding options contain formaldehyde and chemical dyes? Yuck! Yes, that’s right, formaldehyde – The stuff they use to preserve the dead.

Well, I’m not dead yet, so I went ahead and researched about bedding that doesn’t harm our health. This is what I’ve found; I thought it would be nice if I shared it with my loyal readers too:

Organic Bedding Options

Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is grown without toxic pesticides, is not treated with chemical dyes or flame-retardant chemicals. It’s hypoallergenic, soft and breathable; and is easy to find.

You can replace your bedding with Organic Cotton Sheets, organic cotton mattresses and organic cotton pillows, like this one.

An organic mattress is a bit of an investment, but I think it’s one of the best investments I’m going to make. I’ve just read a list of the chemicals used in a conventional mattress and was frankly horrified. After a long research, I think I will get the Naturepedic 2 in 1 Organic Mattress. Not sure yet.

Organic Hemp Sheets (Linen)

Hemp simply doesn’t need pesticides to grow. It’s absorbent and lightweight, but you have to make sure you choose stiffer hemp fabrics (they soften with time, don’t worry) over manufacturer-softened sheets (softening can entail a long, chemical-heavy process).

Buckwheat Hull Pillows

 Organic Buckwheat Pillows provide a lot of support and are eco-friendly. They don’t “collapse” like foam and provide support to the head, neck and spine. They are a great alternative to people allergic to foam and feathers.

Organic Wool Pillows

Organic Wool Filled Pillows are naturally flame-retardant, water-repellent and hypoallergenic. Wool also is resistant to dust mites. The only con in my opinion is that they don’t have that soft squishy feel that I like, so I opted for these Organic Cotton Pillows.

Natural Latex Pillows

Latex a natural product of trees and is resistant to mold, dust mites, bacteria and mildew. Natural Latex Pillows are also naturally flame-retardant. They feel nice too, because latex conforms to your body shape. Just be aware that some people are allergic to latex.

Peace Silk Sheets

 Silk worms aren’t harmed or killed in the harvest of this silk. It’s eco-friendly and a truly natural option. I’ve looked into these peace silk sheets, but I’ve found them to be a bit expensive, plus they require special care and they wrinkle easily.

In one week I’ve changed the entire bedding in my house.

Most importantly, my children are now safely sleeping on a natural surface, with no off gassing or toxins being absorbed into their body. Just knowing that makes me sleep so much better.

 To your health and happiness,

 Meital

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Comments

  1. Vivian says

    Did you eventually get the Naturepedic mattress you were considering for your kids? If so, how comfortable is it? Would it be suitable, in your opinion, through the teen years? Would an adult find it comfortable to sleep on? What type of foundation do you put under it? Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    Vivian

  2. says

    Hi Vivian:)

    Yes, I bought it and I love it. I think I love it more than my kids, every now and than I “borrow” it for an afternoon nap…

    In my opinion it’s quite comfortable. It’s more on the firm side, but not too firm for kids, they fall asleep very easily on it.

    Yes, I am counting on it to suit them through their teen years, I see no reason why not.

    For an organic mattress, the price can’t be beat and definitely a good inverstment.

  3. Leah G says

    We have decided to either make our own mattress from wool or hammocks all around. I am so over all the poison myself. I feel like I tried so hard with natural home birth, growing all our own food (meat, dairy, veg), making soaps & lotions….what gives.

  4. says

    I think it’s amazing that you grow your own food and make your own beauty products. I know it’s a lot of work, but I’m sure you’ll reap the long-term benefits of better health for you and your family.
    Good for you!:)

  5. says

    You know, I’d never thought about the material with which my sheets are made, but once you bring it up, I think, “Well, duh.” So focused am I on food that I forgot how heavily sprayed cotton is, and how it’s on the GMO radar as well. It’s a challenge living in this society of ours, isn’t it?

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