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Act Now To Stop Trump’s EPA Pick!

by Center for Environmental Health @ Center for Environmental Health

If you love asbestos, you’ll love Nancy Beck. She’s Trump’s pick to lead chemical safety policy at the EPA. Nancy Beck’s previous job was defending the safety of chemicals for companies like Monsanto, Chevron, ExxonMobil and companies that make asbestos and other harmful chemicals.   Most recently, Beck’s appointment was criticized by Robert Sussman, a...

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Kids Beds Chemical Exposure Organic Mattress

Kids Beds Chemical Exposure Organic Mattress


Healthy Child

Is the toxicity of your kids beds a concern? Learn how to choose a safe non toxic organic mattress for your kids and avoid chemical exposure.

Are These Toxic Materials In Your Mattress?

by exampleuser @ SleepLily

One of the most surprising things about toxic chemicals in mattresses is how incredibly common they are. In fact, mattresses that are off-gassing harmful VOCs, and emitting toxic chemicals seem to be the norm, and not the exception. Even worse, this is true even of many mattresses claiming to be “organic” or “all-natural.” How can this... Read more »

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9 green crib mattresses to ensure your baby has a healthy, chemical-free sleep

9 green crib mattresses to ensure your baby has a healthy, chemical-free sleep


TreeHugger

Banish all toxic VOCs and other nasty gases from the nursery with these natural cotton, wool, latex, and coconut options.

The Best Breast Pump that is Comfortable and Non Toxic

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my affiliate policy.New moms feed their babies in a variety of ways, and giving expressed breastmilk is a common approach. If you are choosing to give your baby breastmilk, it's probably because you want the best food possible for your little one. To do that, it's […]

The 6 Best Mattress Picks For Under $1000 – 2018 Edition

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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How to Add More Meatless Meals to Your Meal Plan

by Emma Rohmann @ Green at Home

One of the ways you can reduce your footprint and reduce your toxics exposure is by adding more meatless meals to your meal plan. It’s one of the strategies I talk about in the Kitchen Module of my online program, Your Healthy Home. But for some, this can seem too daunting – either because of the […]

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Why You Need a Non-Toxic Mattress

by sebomarketing @ Intellibed

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Our Leesa Bed Review For 2018 – Should You Buy It?

by Jill Thompson @ The Sleep Advisor

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Green Valentine gifts for Earth-loving sweethearts

by taflinekay@me.com (Tafline Laylin) @ Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

11 Green Valentine Gifts for Earth-Loving Sweethearts HAND IN HAND SOAP If you have a sweetie who likes to smell sweeter than roses but hates the idea of applying harmful ingredients to their skin, then these Hand in Hand soaps might appeal to you. Made

What Exactly Is a Food Coma?

by Joel Gross @ Saatva's Sleep Blog

Whether it’s the gingerbread pancakes before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the hors d’oeuvres during the football game, or the turkey itself – the fourth Thursday of November is all about food.  And while the Thanksgiving holiday certainly helps us take stock of our blessings, it’s undoubtedly centered around the time traditional activity of breaking […]

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Organic Cloth Diapers 101: The Beginner’s Guide to Cloth Diapering

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

Welcome to Organic Cloth Diapers 101! Cloth diapering, especially with high-quality organic cloth diapers, is a great way to reduce your baby’s exposure to harmful chemicals and reduce your carbon footprint and help protect the environment. Even knowing how beneficial it can be, cloth diapering for beginners can still be pretty intimidating. After all, there […]

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How to Keep the Super Bowl From Ruining Your Sleep

by Joel Gross @ Saatva's Sleep Blog

The Super Bowl: If you’re a football fan, those words don’t describe a mere game but rather a transcendental, full-body experience. Our passion for the teams, the players, the rivalries and the competition produces the kind of wild swings of emotion normally reserved for horror movies, fireworks or roller coasters. To say nothing of those […]

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What a Professional Sports Trainer Knows About Sleep (That You Don’t)

by Mark Sheridan @ Saatva's Sleep Blog

With the Super Bowl just days away and the Olympics on the horizon, we got to thinking about the role of sleep in the lives of elite athletes. How does sleep affect their performance, and how do they manage to get enough rest with such hectic schedules? Most important, what can we mere mortals learn […]

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Toxic Materials in Foam Mattresses? Are We Safe? - The Sleep Advisor

Toxic Materials in Foam Mattresses? Are We Safe? - The Sleep Advisor


The Sleep Advisor

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Author: Mark Reddick When I’m not learning about sleep, you can find me watching “the big game” with my friends. I absolutely love sports and have grown to follow the rest aspect in athletes. Modern technology allows us to track athletes sleep and rest, which in turn helps predict their performance. …

Our Top 5 Wins of 2017

by Laurie Valeriano @ Toxic-Free Future

Together with our partners & supporters, we helped secure several landmark environmental health victories in 2017 and set the stage for even more in 2018! Thanks to everyone who was a part of these victories!

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Non-Toxic Baby Toys {How to Buy Safer Toys for Your Baby}

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

In an ideal world, all toys would be safe and there would be no need for worry. There would be no toy recalls and no toys with unsafe levels of lead or BPA. Obviously, that’s not the case and most toy manufacturers won’t think twice about using PVC in their toys or paint sourced from […]

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4 Common Mattress Materials Filled With Toxic Chemicals

4 Common Mattress Materials Filled With Toxic Chemicals


SleepLily

Is your mattress emitting toxic chemicals into your bedroom? You may be surprised to learn that the most common mattress materials are also the most toxic.

Find Your Best Mattress Reviews: The Top 10 and Worst 10 Beds of 2018

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

If you’re shopping for a new bed, learning about the best mattresses of 2018 is a good way to make sure you choose a good one. It’s also helpful to know which ones don’t fare so well in order to avoid the duds. New mattress models come out every year from a growing number of […]

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The 5 Highest Rated Firm (Hard) Mattresses in 2018

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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Dromma Black Friday Sale

by Taylor Jones @ The Drömma Bed

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  We’re happy to announce Dromma’s Black Friday sale of $200 off any mattress + 2 of our new cooling Dromma Hotel Pillows! To take advantage of this offer, add your desired mattress and a set of the Dromma Hotel Pillows to the cart and use promo code BLKFRI200 at checkout.

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Creating a Toxin-Free Home

Creating a Toxin-Free Home


Care.com

Most of us, unless we have severe allergies or sensitivities to chemicals, may not be aware of all the chemicals that surround us in our homes.But whether or not we know it, toxins -- substances that are poisonous or harmful to the body -- are everywhere, from the polyurethane we ...

WOCA Woodcare

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Quality wood care products from Denmark. “We carry everything you need for all of your wood floor finishing needs, repair, and maintenance. Our website contains all of the information you need for wood floor finishing, furniture restoration, or to maintain your floors to a beautiful shine. All of our Finishing Oils are VOC free, plant […]

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Is Memory Foam Toxic? What You Should Know - The Drömma Bed

Is Memory Foam Toxic? What You Should Know - The Drömma Bed


The Drömma Bed

Did you dream of becoming an astronaut when you were a child? Even if you never made it to space, if you purchased a memory foam mattress you have a piece of NASA-certified technology in your home. Originally created to keep astronauts safe, memory foam has become popular among the earth-bound masses. Touted for its comfort and support, memory foam can be found in many homes today. Because memory foam is so different from other mattresses, you may wonder, “Is memory foam toxic or safe?” To find out, you’ve come to the right place! The short answer is, it depends where you …

Beautycounter Free Shipping {Special Offer}

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

Did you know that the average woman absorbs 5 lbs. of chemicals from her makeup every year? What you apply on your skin goes directly to your bloodstream – within 26 seconds. These statistics blow my mind. I’ve used mainstream makeup and skincare products since I was a teenager and never gave it a second […]

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5 Ways to De-Stress After the Holidays

by Joel Gross @ Saatva's Sleep Blog

The holidays can be wonderful, but they also come with their fair share of stress. Excitement, anxiety—sometimes it feels impossible to have one without the other. Fear not. Even if holiday stress seems inevitable, it’s still possible to take care of ourselves. Most of us know about popular go-to activities like meditation, yoga, and breathing […]

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Mould Testing Overview - Pros and Cons of Different Methods

by noreply@blogger.com (Corinne) @ My Chemical-Free House

First I want to talk about the most reliable test which is how you feel in the house compared to other places. Unfortunately this is not always as simple as it sounds to execute. There are different ways to undertake this experiment. The simplest way is to stay in your backyard in a tent or all metal trailer without bringing any possessions from the house. The most obvious complication here is that you will need to go inside to use the washroom unless you get a porta potty! You may also be so sensitive that the house has contaminated the air outside (I have experienced being outside of a house and being able to smell the mould).

The next option would be to stay somewhere where other people recovering from mould illness (and MCS) have felt better. This could be a campground, KOA cabin, Airbnb or other rental. I have a lot more details on this in my post on the Locations Effect and Mould Sabbatical.

Once you have gotten "clear" and done some recovering you might be wondering how do you test a house to find out if it's good? Some people can walk into a house and know if it's good for them. But even the most sensitive people usually need to request to spend 3 nights trialling the house. This is not always an option, but you should ask. Usually people sleep better in a house that is mould free, but me and other CIRS patients have found that there is some mould that puts you into a zombie sleep where you sleep more (and then get sicker). So even a three-night test can be tricky.

It is also good to verify the house is safe with mould testing. The most common test for CIRS (mould patients) is the ERMI. It is highly recommended by Shoemaker certified doctors as the test to use. The range of the ERMI scores goes from minus 10 to positive 20. You need a score or 2 or lower to be treated and recover from mould illness according to Dr. Shoemaker.

Other types of mould tests can also be useful. A tape lift will get you definitive results on visible mould. I look at the options below. This is a very simple overview just to give you the general idea of what is out there in a way that is not overwhelming - you may want to look more into each of these different methods. Please note that my sources were biased towards mould advocates Lisa Petrison from Paradigm Change, Greg Muske from Biotoxin Journey, Dr. Shoemaker and Cheryl Ciecko, an architect who specialises in mould. I have attempted to cross-check their information. However, going with information from the companies that do house inspections can be biased and contradictory. (All sources at end of post, which you can read for more detail).

ERMI

Cons

- Doesn’t work well in brand new houses.

- You need dust that has settled for a while (wait 4-6 weeks to re-test an area).

- Having very little dust or a high amount of dust can skew results.

- Having a high amount of outside dirt inside can skew results. Having high or low outdoor spores counts can skew results.

- May not be an even distribution of spores throughout the house if mould is only coming from one place and the house is large.

- It is known to miss major mould problems when people are very sick in their house. Similarly, after a remediation, a CIRS patient can still be sick from the mycotoxins left behind despite a low score.


Pros

-"Only the ERMI and HERTSMI have been associated with sequential activation of innate immune responses, not air testing.” Dr. Shoemaker. Meaning it is the only test that he found that is consistently in line with lab results for CIRS, despite its drawbacks.

- Vacuum method can pick of heavy spores like Stachy and the Swifer method can also be used to pick up places with accumulated dust that has been there for 4 months. John Banta always tries to use the vacuum method over swipe method.

- It's pretty affordable at $300. You do it yourself. The lab recommended is Mycometrics.

HERTSMI-2

-Similar to ERMI but tests for a handful of moulds most commonly associated with water damaged buildings. It is cheaper than ERMI. I would go for the full ERMI and you can still calculate your HERTSMI value from that. Shoemaker certified doctors will consider your HERTSMI score as well as ERMI score.

Tape Lifts

Cons

- You need to have visible mould.

- It assists you with what type of mould it is and not how widespread the problem is.

Pros

- Tells you what kind of mould you have when you have a visible sample.

- Allows you to know if this is a toxic mould.

- You can do it yourself.

- It's the cheaper way to test for visible mould.

I used this DIY Tape Lift to test a few areas in a house I go into often. The results came back showing me what type of mould it was. It confirmed that the mould was one that is toxic that comes from water damage. Though you need to get a decent amount of mould on the tape otherwise your results will just show scattered pieces.

Spore Traps (Air Test)

Cons

- Needs to be taken near the source, so you have to know where the source is.

- Shoemaker says: "The industry standard of sampling the air for spores is not an acceptable substitute for many reasons. One of the main limitations is that over 99% of the particles that carry the inflammagens from water damaged buildings are smaller than 3 microns. Spore traps can only detect particles that are larger than 3 microns and therefore, miss over 99% of the inflammagens.”

- Spore traps identify round, intact spores. So they will not catch evidence of past problem that have left mycotoxins.

- Can miss/underreport certain heavy species like stachy.

- Expensive.

Pros

- The test is more standardised than tape lifts, swabs, cultures, and mould-dogs, they claim.

- It is the most widely used mould test.

- You can compare inside and outside air.

Dishes

Cons

- Hard to know where to place the dish to get capture the mould if you don’t know where the mould is coming from.

- Doesn’t get you an accurate relative reading since some mould is harder to catch and some proliferate faster in the dish than others.

- Stachy is a slow grower compared to other moulds in the dish.

Pros

- Can be used in multiple places to compare and for general observation.

- Can give you more details on the exact type of mould than other tests.

- Inexpensive.

- John Banta does a culture of the dust used for ERMI to compare and get more details

Here is one you can do yourself.

Mould Dogs

Cons

- Can only detect a handful of moulds.

- Hard to know if they are well trained, look for good references of the company.

- They can’t tell you if it’s high amount of mould or a trace from after a remediation.

- The dog can only sniff in areas where they can reach.

Pros

- They are good at finding the source if it is within their reach.

- The dog can smell both live and dead mould.

- You can pinpoint the area where you need to do further testing.

VOC testing

Cons

- There is controversy around the accuracy of this testing.

- Not widely used.

Pros

- Test the levels of mycotoxins and other VOCs in the air.

Here is a company that does this kind of testing that is recommended. It goes to an AIHA accredited lab.

Sources:

http://biotoxinjourney.com/mold-testing/
http://paradigmchange.me/testing/
https://www.nachi.org/tape-sampling-mold-inspection.htm
http://healthybuildingscience.com/2013/02/14/mold-testing-air-quality/
Public postings by Cheryl Ciecko (Architect)
John Banta interview
Dr Shoemaker Q&A

Disclosure: Some of the links to products and supplies on this page go through my affiliate partners. This post uses Amazon Affiliate links. Buying through these links helps support this blog and does not affect the price for the consumer. I was given the Tape Lift test to see if I liked and recommended it.

Introducing the The Lineal – Our Adjustable Mattress Base

by Kayla @ Loom & Leaf Sleep Blog

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Alan Bell’s Story: Healing Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Note from Lauren: When I received Alan’s book, Poisoned, I read it in just a few sittings.  I’m regularly sent books for publicity consideration, and rarely do I feel so gripped by a review book that I can’t put it down. Alan’s story left me stunned with his journey, and horrified that the toxic materials in an office building could […]

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Best Cooling Mattress & Tips to Sleep Cool

by Taylor Jones @ The Drömma Bed

A comfortable cooling mattress is essential for a good night’s sleep.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, people sleep best in a room as cool as 60 – 69 degrees Fahrenheit. They suggest thinking of your bedroom as a “cool, dark cave.” Before sleep, the body’s core temperature drops. Increased core temperature at the wrong time disrupts the sleep cycle, so a mattress that is too warm can result in a raised body temperature, restlessness, and waking in the night.  So how do you choose which is best? Overall Tips for Finding a Cooling Mattress If you’re shopping for a mattress someone […]

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Watermelon

by Jessica Hann @ Avocado Green Mattress

Watermelon | Four health benefits and two hydrating drink recipes.Read More ...

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You’re probably inhaling dangerous chemicals from your mattress – here’s what to do

You’re probably inhaling dangerous chemicals from your mattress – here’s what to do


The Hearty Soul

This amazing post was written by Jenn Ryan, a freelance writer, and editor who’s passionate about natural health, fitness, gluten-free, and animals. You can read more of her work at thegreenwritingdesk.com. I don’t know about you, but I never used to think much about what I slept on, despite the fact that I’ve had trouble sleeping...

How To Avoid Harmful Toxins In Mattresses

How To Avoid Harmful Toxins In Mattresses


Live Whole Be Free

After about 3 days of research, we finally figured out what kind of mattress and mattress cover our little angel will be sleeping on. I think my husband and I have done more research on baby stuff in the past 7 months than either of us did in four years...

13 Healthy Ways To Fight The Flu, Without Getting A Flu Shot

by Dr. Frank Lipman @ Dr Frank Lipman

Though the flu season rages on, I’m not a fan of flu shots. I don’t get them and rarely recommend them to anyone (with the possible exception of the very elderly or frail). The effectiveness of flu shots on otherwise healthy people is questionable, their ingredients include plenty of toxins, and the flu viruses in the shots aim to protect against mutate so quickly that the strain you were vaccinated against probably won’t be the one that makes you sick. Flu vaccines are, at best, hit or miss, and certainly not the cure all they’re made out to be.

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Still Considering A Polyurethane Foam Crib Mattress? Here’s Dr. Greene’s Advice. | Naturepedic Blog

Still Considering A Polyurethane Foam Crib Mattress? Here’s Dr. Greene’s Advice. | Naturepedic Blog


Naturepedic Blog

Unless we bury our head in research papers, it’s sometimes difficult to find the information we need on which chemicals are safe for our babies and which aren’t. So, we take the advice of experts. One such expert is Dr. Greene, a pediatrician who has had an online presence since 1995. His mission: “To improve children’s health by informing and inspiring those who care for them. By providing information, wisdom, and perspective, we strive to prepare parents to become knowledgeable partners who can work with their children’s physicians in a new and rich way.” On June 1, 2010, Dr. Greene appeared on the ABC News Now Program, Parenting with Ann Pleshette Murphy. Here is Dr. Greene’s explanation of why polyurethane foam is not the best choice for a crib mattress or, for that matter, anyone’s mattress. “Kids spend 93% of their childhood indoors these days, and indoor air is 2 to 5 times worse than outdoor air on average in[...]

Let Natural Cloth Wipe Away Paper Towel Waste

by @ Sophia Ruan Gushee | Detox Your Homes | Toxin Free Living

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Paper towels are handy for cleaning up a milk spill, drying hands, and cleaning the house. Maybe a little too handy.

In 2017, consumers spent $39,203 million on household paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, tissues, etc). Plus, consumer spending went up by $1,958 million over a two-year period, with spending totaling a lesser $37,245 million in 2015. (1)

Let’s look at it another way.

Americans use 741 pounds of paper each year, on average. Nearly 55 of those pounds are for household paper products such as paper towels, napkins, tissues and toilet paper. (2)

Per year!

That’s a lot of paper products.

As users of so many paper products it’s worth asking, are chemicals found in these products and if so, are there nontoxic alternatives?

Are Chemicals Found in Paper Towels?

Paper products, such as paper towels can contain dyes, inks, fragrances, chlorine bleach, formaldehyde, adhesives, and other chemicals. Here are a few of the specifics:

  • CDFs. Chlorodibenzofurans (CDFs) is a chemical group with over 135 types of chemicals. They may affect the nervous system, respiratory system, and irritate the skin and eyes. CDF has been found in paper towels, coffee filters, milk cartons, and tampons. (3)
  • Triclosan. Triclosan is added to products as an antimicrobial with the intention of reducing, or preventing, bacterial contamination. (4) The chemical can be found in soaps, toothpastes, cosmetics, clothing, toys, furniture, and paper products, such as paper towels or napkins. It can also be found in the bodies of most Americans. Triclosan may be affecting the hormone and reproductive systems, and causing an increased sensitivity to allergens. (5)
  • Formaldehyde. Paper towels have been found to contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a chemical in the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) family, and off-gasses into the air. People can be exposed to formaldehyde through touching products as well. (6) Of course, with paper towel touching (especially when wiping our hands) exposure is pretty common.
  • BPS. Created as an alternative to the toxic chemical BPA (bisphenol A), BPS (bisphenol S) has been found to likely have the same effect on people’s health. (7) Found in urine samples from US subjects, BPS may affect the hormone systems. Products such as newspaper, food paper, and paper towels have been found to have BPS in them. The BPS may have been from the recycling process. (8)

Are There Non Toxic Paper Towels?

There are companies that make paper towels with nontoxic ingredients, such as using peroxide instead of chlorine bleach for whitening. Some companies simply leave ingredients, such as dyes and inks out of products. It’s tough to know for sure though.

Manufacturing companies are not required to list ingredients on paper towels, keeping consumers in the dark about the full list of ingredients used to make the product. The next best thing consumers can do is to choose paper towels that say it does not have dyes, fragrances, or bleach in it.

Another option is to ditch the paper towels (nearly) all together, and use fabric towels instead. Limit use of paper towels to cleaning soiled areas, such as toilets. Instead of using paper towels for dusting and wiping surfaces, use rags (old or new!) for cleaning the house.

Hang hand towels in the kitchen and bathrooms for drying hands after washing. Have one or two extra hand towels hand-y (ha!) when entertaining guests so that towels can be changed if they become too wet. When buying new hand towels, choose towels made from organic, natural fabric and dyes plus those without finishes.

Breaking the habit of using so many paper towels (and other paper products) may take a little getting used to but can be a worthwhile change. There’s a potential to reduce the amount of money that the household is spending on paper products, reduce the amount of chemicals in the home, and reduce the poundage of paper products used per year. An all around win!

 


References

(1) U.S. Dept of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis

(2)  Environmental Working Group - Enviroblog

(3)  ATSDR - CDFs

(4)  U.S. Food and Drug Administration

(5)  Environmental Working Group - Research

(6)  ATSDR - Formaldehyde

(7)  Environmental Health Perspectives

(8)  Pollution Prevention Resource Center

 

 

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Everyone loves a healthy smile. That's why most of us are big fans of minty fresh toothpaste that foams in our mouths and leaves us with pleasant breath. If it feels and tastes so good, it must be good for our teeth, right?It might come as a surprise to you, but many of the ingredients […]

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Polyurethane is widely used, with its two major applications, soft furnishings and insulation, having low thermal inertia, and hence enhanced flammability. In addition to their flammability,...

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See how to protect your investment and get the most out of your mattress. The average person spends anywhere from $500 to $3000 or more […]

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Bed in a Box: How Does It Work?

by Taylor Jones @ The Drömma Bed

Shopping for a new mattress is an endeavor to take seriously. Mattresses are a major home investment, due largely to how long they need to last: the National Sleep Foundation recommends replacing your mattress every 7 to ten years. Additionally, your mattress plays a role in the quality of sleep you get, meaning what mattress you buy could have a major impact on your physical and emotional health. However, the mattress buying model is outdated. No one wants to spend their weekend in a brick and mortar mattress store, faced with an overwhelming amount of choices and pushy sales people. […]

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What is Viscoelastic Memory Foam? | Loom and Leaf Sleep Blog

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Loom & Leaf Sleep Blog

The three main types of memory foam used in mattresses are Latex, Polyurethane, and Visco-Elastic. Make sure to pick the right one to enhance your sleep.

DIY Cream Blush And Lip Tint Recipes

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by Heather @ Mommypotamus

If you love the fresh, dewy glow of cream blush but not the slew of parabens and phthalates that are used to achieve it, I think you’ll love these simple DIY cream blush and lip tint recipes. They create a dewy finish that makes skin glow, and are made with 100% non-toxic, natural and/or organic ingredients. Also, […]

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What’s the Best Mattress for Back Pain?

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

Learn how to find the best mattress for a bad back. Are you trying to find a good mattress for back pain? One of the hardest medical conditions to cure and treat are those relating to chronic back pain, and it’s something that affects millions of people around the world every day. Over and over, […]

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Best Non Toxic Mattresses of 2018

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my affiliate policy. If you were to only pick one item to switch in your journey for a nontoxic reboot, I would say that you should get a nontoxic mattress. Why? It by far has the most impact out of any other single item on reducing […]

What's off-gassing in your bedroom? - David Suzuki Foundation

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David Suzuki Foundation

Fart jokes aside, nighttime gas in the bedroom is not cool. Especially volatile organic compounds off-gassing from polyurethane foam!

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by Center for Environmental Health @ Center for Environmental Health

By Michael Dorsey, a co-founding Director of CEH and a featured speaker at Spotlight Health. Why was the Center for Environmental Health founded? What is the CEH working on now? At the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), we work every day to protect your children and family from toxic chemicals that cause learning disabilities, cancer, and...

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by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

There are harmful chemicals everywhere. But who would have really known they were in your home? In your everyday personal products? In your baby's toys and furniture? Could our government have really allowed such toxic material to be near our loved ones?Its sad....but true.I have gathered a list of facts, figures, and statistics from all […]

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Many people report the memory foam smell or chemical odor from their pillow or mattress. This chemical odor could be hazzardous to your health.

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by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

See what major retailers have in store for Labor Day mattress sale events… This summer holiday seems synonymous with the end of summer, barbecues and a lazy three-day weekend, but as it marks changing seasons it also brings big deals in retail, including Labor Day mattress sale events. As one of the biggest shopping holidays […]

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Kids Deserve Toxic-Free Shoes!

by Caroline Cox @ Center for Environmental Health

I spent several weeks in August being entertained by my grand kids, aged 4, 3, and 11 months. They taught me all sorts of things, including the art I had forgotten since my own parenting days of keeping track of their shoes. The two older ones put on and take off their shoes themselves and...

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Turning Trash Into Treasure! Our Eco-Mission with the Kids at SCRAP Creative Leeds

by Scarlett Whittell @ Memory Foam Mattress Blog

Step aside Van Gough, it's all about mattress masterpieces these days. Read to find out about our eco partnership with SCRAP Creative Leeds.

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Non-Toxic Tuesday | How To Choose A Non-Toxic Crib Mattress

Non-Toxic Tuesday | How To Choose A Non-Toxic Crib Mattress


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Welcome to the latest edition of non-toxic Tuesday! I just have to start by saying that I've been SO encouraged lately by how many people have told me that they have started making small, non-toxic changes in their lives thanks to this series! If you follow it and have been able to take something aw

The 6 Best Rated Hybrid Beds – 2018 Reviews & Comparisons

by Mark Reddick @ The Sleep Advisor

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Find the Best Mattress for Hip Pain

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

Learn about reducing pressure points and how to find the best mattress for hip pain. Are you looking for a good mattress for hip pain? It can be hard to find the information you need to find the right mattress for your body. Here are some pointers to get you on the proper mattress and […]

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Organic on a Budget

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

Organic on a Budget | Eat organic without breaking the bank.Read More ...

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How to Find the Most Comfortable Mattress

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

What’s The Most Comfortable Mattress Type? So you want to know what the most comfortable mattress is? The quick answer: The mattress that best suits your needs will prove to be the most comfortable. This isn’t a cop-out, it’s just the quick answer. The truth is, there is no magic mattress that is best for […]

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Our In-Depth DreamCloud Bed Review for 2018

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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Strategies for Reducing New Carpet Odor

by @ Sophia Ruan Gushee | Detox Your Homes | Toxin Free Living

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

I was in junior high when my parents last installed new carpet. Well, at least, that was the last time I lived there. My sisters and I were on summer break, and so excited to get rid of the worn out carpeting that the previous owners had left behind.

Giddy with excitement, the three of us sat on the couch outside of the living room, watching the installers lay carpet and secure it with tack strips. After a short time, we retreated upstairs. I remember feeling dizzy and nauseous as we left our post.

That was quite some time ago.

Even after all these years, I vividly remember that new carpet smell.  It was so potent.

What I didn’t know back then is that the ‘new carpet smell’ was created by chemicals off-gassing into the air.

Chemicals found in carpet.

Standard carpeting is made from synthetic fibers, dyes, and finishes. Chemicals that are commonly used to make and/or protect carpeting include:

  • PBDEs
  • PFCs
  • Flame Retardants
  • Preservatives such as formaldehyde and sodium benzoate
  • Solvents including Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • Surfactants/Sulfates

In addition, when chemicals mix, they may produce other toxic fumes that could be harmful to health. This is known as the chemical cocktail effect.  As an example, think of bleach and ammonia. When chlorine bleach is mixed with ammonia, it creates additional toxic gases called chloramines. (1)

These types of chemicals can also be found in the foam padding under carpeting, as well as in the adhesives during installation.

How do you get rid of new carpet fumes?

Getting rid of new carpet fumes can take some time, but planning in advance helps. Below are three tips.

1. Don’t bring them home.

The most effective way to have less carpet odor in the home is to not bring them home. Carpets and padding made from natural materials—such as organic wool or cotton—typically has fewer chemicals than synthetic carpeting and padding, which is made from several chemicals.  When installing carpeting, consider non-adhesive installation methods where possible. If adhesives are needed, choose adhesives that are lower in VOCs.

2. Air purifiers with carbon filters.

Investing in an air purifier may reduce the amount of new carpet fumes circulating in the home. Air purifiers come in many variations. Opt for one that has a carbon filter or “activated charcoal.” Please know the type of charcoal we’re talking about here is not the same as the charcoal used to grill. It’s a special type of charcoal (or carbon filter) meant to remove chemicals from the air.

3. Fresh air circulation.

Increase the amount of fresh air in the house. Open windows and larger doors such as a patio door to let the fresh air in. If possible, get a cross breeze by opening windows and doors opposite of each other to increase circulation. Turning on a fan will help circulate the fresh air as well.

The popular new carpet smell is familiar to anyone that has had new standard carpet installed. The smell can be stuck in memory for decades to come, and the health effects may stick around as well.

Consider installing solid surface flooring—such as tile or solid hardwood flooring—with area rugs instead of a fully carpeted floor. If carpet is non-negotiable, consider natural carpets with fewer VOCs, and padding made from natural materials, like cotton. Use installation methods that don’t require adhesives, if possible. If adhesives are required, choose those with fewer VOCs and overall fewer chemicals.

 


References

(1)  Washington State Department of Health

Is Stevia Safe or Addictive?

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Why I quit stevia Is stevia addictive? “No it’s not! I use it every day in my very healthy diet and I’m just fine, thankyouverymuch, stevia is not addictive and couldn’t possibly be harmful.” If that is your gut response to the question I’ve just asked, then consider the fact that reactions speak louder than words. […]

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Toxic Chemicals In Baby Mattresses. How To Avoid Them and Find Safe Baby Mattresses - Living Safe

Toxic Chemicals In Baby Mattresses. How To Avoid Them and Find Safe Baby Mattresses - Living Safe


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Avoiding Toxic Chemicals In Baby Mattresses . Find out how to steer clear of fire retardants and other toxic materials when shopping for baby mattresses.

DIY Insect Repellent Spray with Essential Oils

by Grace Furman @ Red and Honey

This DIY insect repellent spray is super quick to make, and works amazingly well. Plus, it’s made with all natural ingredients so that you won’t have to worry about toxic chemicals. In my opinion, the one and only downside to summertime is the mosquitoes. They annoyingly buzz around you until they finally bite, which results […]

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Simply Scrub

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Four unique blends of organic ingredients create body scrubs that exfoliate and nourish your skin. Their chocolate body scrub, for example, is made with cocoa nibs, brown sugar, and healing honey. [Read about their organic ingredients here.

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Is Your Mattress Toxic? - Happy Mothering

Is Your Mattress Toxic? - Happy Mothering


Happy Mothering

When I first started on my natural living journey, I would have never imagined that mattresses could be a source of toxins in my home. I would have assumed that …

The Best Non-Toxic Lipstick You’ll Love

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

Because lipstick goes onto our lips and we ingest small amounts of it, I am very picky about which lip products I use.  After reading ingredients and asking questions of numerous manufacturers of makeup products made with natural and organic … Continued

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Compare Black Friday and Cyber Monday Mattress Sales: Macy’s, Sears, Mattress Firm & More

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

Are you prepared for the insanity of the 2017 Black Friday mattress sales? Though they can get a little crazy, these sales are a great time to get the most for your money. Mattresses tend to be one of the larger purchases made in households, so getting a good deal can go a long way. […]

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The Best Tea-Drinking Routine for Healthy Sleep

by Joel Gross @ Saatva's Sleep Blog

It’s National Hot Tea Month this January, and to celebrate, we’re sharing our favorite facts about the world’s second favorite beverage, as well as some tips for the best tea-drinking experience throughout your day. At Saatva, we love tea not just for its delicious taste, but also because it’s the perfect companion to healthy sleep. […]

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Another Trump Nominee with Close Ties to Industry

by Ansje Miller @ Center for Environmental Health

The day after the Consumer Product Safety Commission made a historic move to restrict on an entire class of toxic flame retardant chemicals, Trump nominated a Commissioner who threatens to roll back that landmark decision. Dana Baiocco has built her legal career on defending companies from consumer action  and keeping dangerous products on the market....

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3 Ways to Detox Hair for Healthy, Natural Volume

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Have you ever had a bad hair day… …that lasted a year? I have. Years ago, when I threw out all the toxic body care products from my bathroom, I was determined to find a hair care line that met my new ingredient standards. I started with DIY hair care, and walked around with my hair displaying […]

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Non-toxic Mattress Guide | Gimme the Good Stuff

Non-toxic Mattress Guide | Gimme the Good Stuff


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Conventional mattresses typically contain various petrochemicals, plastics or vinyl, flame retardants, which releases VOCs that are linked to cancer.

Fertility and More: How Flame Retardants in Our Homes Affect Our Health

by Emma Rohmann @ Green at Home

Chemical flame retardants are in electronics, children’s pyjamas, car seats, mattresses, carpeting, and most other petrochemical-based materials (i.e. foam, polyester, etc.). Halogenated flame retardants have been around for 40 years, and we are now learning how hazardous they are to our health. In fact, they are found in just about everyone across North America, at […]

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Smells, Safety and Polyurethane Foam: Is My Mattress Toxic?

Smells, Safety and Polyurethane Foam: Is My Mattress Toxic?


Memory Foam Mattress Blog

Find out the truth about Polyurethane Foam, why it smells and if there are any safety risks associated with it.

10 Most Popular Mattress Blogs of 2017

by Scarlett Whittell @ Memory Foam Mattress Blog

The people have spoken. Check out the 10 most popular blogs from 2017, courtesy of award-winning blog Memory Foam Warehouse!

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The Best Water Filter Pitcher That is Safe and Non Toxic

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my affiliate policy.There's nothing quite like a cold glass of ice water to quench your thirst. Not only does it taste refreshing, but it's important for hydration too. In fact, men should consume 13 cups of liquid every day, and women should get 9.So, yes, downing […]

Natural Air Fresheners

by @ Sophia Ruan Gushee | Detox Your Homes | Toxin Free Living

Air fresheners have popped up everywhere—in home kitchens, personal vehicles, restaurant bathrooms, hotel lobbies, taxi cabs, and retail clothing stores.

Why are they used so frequently? To mask odors, or to enhance ambiance.

These air fresheners come as sprays and aerosols, plug-ins, scented candles, gels, reed defuses, potpourri, scented paper, and essential oils.  

While noses may enjoy the scent, bodies may not.

Health Effects

Standard air fresheners are made from a mix of chemicals that may harm our bodies. That chemical cocktail usually includes one (or more) of these ingredients:

  • Phthalates. Phthalates help fragrances last longer. However, they may also contribute to hormone disruption, liver and kidney abnormalities, cancer, birth defects, infertility, obesity, endometriosis, development abnormalities, allergies, and asthma.(1)
  • Solvents. Solvents can enhance a product's performance (like paint), prevent clumping, and dry quickly. They may also be toxic to the nervous system; damage the liver, kidneys and reproductive system; and contribute to cancer and dermatitis.(2)
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs also serve a purpose, like help paints dry more quickly. Health effects from VOCs can be short- and/or long-term, ranging from dizziness and headaches to liver and kidney damage.(3)

Natural Air Fresheners

Consider freshening air without the synthetic chemicals! Before purchasing (or making) an air freshener, identify the purpose: Is it to mask odor, or to enhance ambiance?

Addressing Odors

Remove offending odors. For example, if the kitchen garbage can smells like rotten food, then wash the garbage can with nontoxic soap and warm water to remove the rotting food particles that may be stuck to the can.

Or, if laundry is the offender, wash offensive smelling laundry with nontoxic, fragrance-free soap and baking soda; and rinse with vinegar to remove bacterial-causing odors. For fragrance, you can store the clean clothes near a diffuser of essential oils, or spray clean laundry with diluted 100% pure essential oils.

Enhancing Ambiance

Freshening air for ambiance can be achieved with natural ingredients! Look for air fresheners that are made from all-natural ingredients, such as baking soda, 100% pure essential oils (vs. synthetic essential oils), and natural citrus (such as orange or lemon).

Making Your Own Air Fresheners

Air fresheners can be made using ingredients found in most homes. The DIY solutions below are easy, and can be created within minutes.

  • Scented Simmer. In a small pot, add water, citrus peel, cinnamon, clove, herbs, or flower petals. Simmer on low heat(4). Done! Relax and enjoy the smell.
  • Smudging. Increasingly, people are "smudging," or clearing energy at home by burning sage (with windows open), Palo Santo, or even cinnamon.
  • Vinegar Bowl. Fill a small bowl with vinegar, and place it in the area that has an undesirable smell. That’s it! The smell of vinegar will dissipate. If there is a smelly spot that needs cleaning, use vinegar and water solution to wipe it up.(5)
  • Baking Soda Jar. Leaving baking soda in a box might be effective in absorbing odors, but the box gives an undesirable look. Instead, pour baking soda into a colored Mason jar or decorative container. Leave the lid off so that the baking soda can best absorb the odors.(6)
  • Good Old Fashion Fresh Air. Open windows to air out odors. Fresh air, especially with a cross-breeze, helps dilute odors, blowing the ‘stinky air’ outside. Plus, it doesn’t cost a thing!(7)

In Summary

Whether you’re masking odors, or adding scent for ambiance, consider choosing air fresheners made of all-natural ingredients.

  1. Remove sources of odor by cleaning them with natural cleaners, or eliminating them from the home completely.
  2. Use ingredients that Mother Nature creates, such as water, citrus, spices, herbs, and flower petals.
  3. Consider vinegar, baking soda, and opening windows.

Choose ingredients that your nose and body both enjoy!

 


References

(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)(7) A to Z of D-Toxing, Works Cited Part 2

5 Toxic Effects of Botox and Cosmetic Surgery

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

This article focuses on the effects of cosmetic surgeries primarily aimed at women. I understand that women get plastic surgery for a variety of reasons. My goal is to provide information so women can make well-informed choices about their body. I also aim to identify the unquestioned beliefs that allow the cosmetic surgery industry to […]

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How To Buy A Non-Toxic Mattress (And An Inexpensive Alternative)

How To Buy A Non-Toxic Mattress (And An Inexpensive Alternative)


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Hey mamas! Boy did you have questions after I posted on a possible link between sheepskins, mattresses and SIDS. Today I’ve compiled the most common ones in Q&A form. If you’re going to skim, make sure to check out question #6 for a confession about what I put my babies to sleep on. Hope you …

Are You a Super Sleeper or Sleep-Deprived?

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

Have you ever heard someone boast about being able to function normally on very little rest, or hear the phrase “super sleeper”? Before you get […]

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The Best Organic Crib Mattresses + Why You Need One!

The Best Organic Crib Mattresses + Why You Need One!


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A list of the best non-toxic + organic crib mattresses for your baby. Choose a healthier mattress for safer sleep!

Our Voila Hybrid Mattress Review for 2018

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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Urban Roots Handmade

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Handmade-to-order basic clothing for women made from pre-shrunk linen and organic cotton thread. Styles are simple and loose, natural linen and colors. French seams. Wow. These are the clothes I want to wear. Not inexpensive but beautiful. Plastic-free shipping. Sizes P-XL. Also kitchen linens and bath linens.

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Do You Have Indoor Allergies?

by @ Sophia Ruan Gushee | Detox Your Homes | Toxin Free Living

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Do you sometimes come home after being out of the house all day and experience chronic symptoms: scratchy throat, headache, itchy eyes, or stuffy nose? Could it be an allergic reaction to your indoor environment?

According to the Center for Disease Control, “More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.”(1) Allergies can lead to a chronic illness, which becomes costly. The Center for Disease Control estimates that “Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion.”(2)

Indoor Allergy Symptoms

Indoor allergies can be hard to distinguish from an illness. For example, allergies and the typical cold or flu share symptoms: fatigue, nasal congestion, headache, fever, and cough. Below explores a few differences though.

Allergies

Allergic reactions involve the “release of IgE (immunoglobulin E) antibodies, histamine, and other chemicals [released by] the immune system.”(3)

Symptoms that are different from a cold or flu are:(4)

  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath
  • rash
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Sometimes the chronic condition, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), can be confused with allergic reactions since they, too, share similar symptoms. However, since MCS does not involve the release of IgE antibodies or histamines, it is not considered an allergic reaction.(5)

Cold/Flu

Symptoms that are different from allergies are:(6)

  • sore throat
  • muscle or body aches
  • discolored mucus (yellow or green)

4 Typical Indoor Allergy Causes

1. Dust

Household dust is made up of particles that fall off of pets, people, and objects. It includes pet dander, bug parts, dead skin cells (from you and me), clothing lint, mold spores, bath towel fuzz, plastic bits from computers and electronics, and chemicals that comprise our household items (e.g. pesticides on fur, chemical cleaners, and fire retardants in electronics).

2. Chemicals

Chemicals in phthalates, surfactants/sulfates and VOCs may cause or trigger allergic reactions.(7) Examples of how these chemicals enter our home include:

  • Phthalates: caulk, plastic food containers, pesticides, textiles, upholstery, and children’s toys
  • Surfactants/sulfates: adhesives used in furniture, leather, paints, and textiles
  • VOCs: candles, synthetic essential oils, cleaning products, air fresheners, composite wood, furniture, and flooring

3. Mold

Mold is found indoors and outdoors in various amounts. It can enter your house from open windows and doors, heating and cooling systems, and be tracked in on clothing, shoes, pets, and people.(8)

4. Dust mites

Dust mites are tiny little arthropods that are similar to spiders. They eat the dried skin that humans shed every day. People can be allergic to the dust mite, their waste, and their deceased bodies, all of which can be found in couches, carpeting, dust, stuffed toys, pillows,, and bedding.(9)

Do You Have Indoor Allergies?

Indoor allergies can be diagnosed in two primary ways: by allergy testing, or by paying attention to patterns.  

Allergy Testing

Allergists can test for reactions to pet dander, mold, dust mites and even some chemicals (like formaldehyde). The testing is typically done one of two ways: skin test and blood test.

  • Skin test: The skin test is the most common allergy test used. It’s relatively painless, affordable, and shows results in 20 minutes.(10)
  • Blood test: The blood test requires drawing and analyzing blood. It takes longer to get results.(11)

Patterns

There are typically patterns that develop with allergic reactions. For example, when you pet an animal your nose gets stuffy. Or when you spend time in your house during nights and weekends, you have a frequent headaches. These patterns could hint at allergy triggers.

3 Tips for Indoor Allergies

You can follow these general guidelines when considering how to reduce indoor allergens. However, start with your trusted medical professional, who can provide individualized health care that takes your entire health (history, current illnesses, specific symptoms, etc) into consideration.

1. Consult an Allergist and/or Environmental Medicine Doctor

Indoor allergies can be caused by a combination of factors. Traditional allergists consider factors such as dust, dust mites, pets whereas traditional Environmental Medicine professionals consider the “clinical aspects of humans and their environment.”(12) The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (https://www.aaemonline.org/aboutus.php) is one tool available to find physicians and other environmental medicine professionals.

2. Avoid allergens

The most effective way to stop allergic reactions without medication is to avoid the allergen. For example, if flowers are causing an allergic reaction, avoid bringing fresh flowers into the house. Similarly, if chemicals are causing an allergic reaction, avoid buying products such as air fresheners, paints and finishes with high amounts of VOCs, synthetic materials, and other chemicals that could be harmful to health.

3. Control the indoor environment

Keep your house dusted and cleaned to help reduce allergy triggers such as mold, dust, dust mites, and chemicals that can stick to dust, clothes, drapes, furniture, bedding and other materials. Fully clean your home with a HEPA vacuum or damp rag at least once per week to minimize dust.

 


References

 

(1)(2) Center for Disease Control - Allergies

(3)(5) Johns Hopkins Medicine

(4) American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

(6) Center for Disease Control - Flu

(7) A to Z of D-Toxing, Works Cited Part 2

(8) Center for Disease Control - Mold

(9) Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

(10)(11) American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology

(12) American Academy of Environmental Medicine

Bedroom Pet Peeves

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

There are a lot of things that could be keeping you up at night. While some can have a bigger impact on the quality of […]

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Reasons to Buy a New Mattress

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If you’re still using that lumpy old mattress, chances are you aren’t getting a good night’s sleep. When you a buy a new mattress from Intellibed, you’re purchasing a product made from Gel Matrix™, the best pressure relieving material ever created. Our mattresses are ideal for anyone suffering from sleep-inhibiting ailments like chronic pain or…

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Morning Routine | Ep 13 of #Authentic Alex

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Morning Routine | Ep 13 of #Authentic Alex

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04:00 - Morning health cocktail
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9 Benefits of a Pocket Sprung Memory Foam Mattress

by Scarlett Whittell @ Memory Foam Mattress Blog

Traditional comfort combined with superior foam support - a Pocket Sprung Memory Foam Mattress could be just what you need.

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Off-Gassing 101 – How to Keep Toxins Out of Your Home & Nursery

by exampleuser @ SleepLily

Choosing the right furniture and decorations are critical to preventing off-gassing chemicals in your new nursery Getting ready for your new baby is exciting. You want to bring baby home to the perfect nursery and so you get to work painting the walls, laying down new carpet, and picking out furniture. When everything is all done,... Read more »

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Choosing Safer Products: Mattresses and Changing Pads | Toxic-Free Future

Choosing Safer Products: Mattresses and Changing Pads | Toxic-Free Future


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Read about choosing safer mattresses and changing pads.

Best 12 Inch Memory Foam Mattress

by Taylor Jones @ The Drömma Bed

One of the best investments you can make for your health and mental wellbeing is a quality mattress. A comfortable, supportive bed will let you fall asleep quickly and rest deeply. If you’ve suffered for years under old-fashioned box-spring mattresses, it’s time to make the upgrade to memory foam. Memory foam is structured to conform to your body’s natural contours, supporting your spine in neutral alignment. This lets you rest securely, with nothing poking at you or shifting your body into a strange position. You’ll wake up refreshed and comfortable. However, to take full advantage of this material, you’ll first […]

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5 Healthy & Eco-Friendly Ways To Reduce Plastic In Your Everyday Life

5 Healthy & Eco-Friendly Ways To Reduce Plastic In Your Everyday Life

by Courtney Jay Biebl @ The Good Trade

Plastic does not biodegrade and plastic gives off toxic chemicals that when ingested or worn, can have long lasting consequences. We're beginning the quest to open our minds to alternatives, in both what we use and what we throw away. If we ask more questions and look deeper, we can change our approach to plastic use and chase the negative impact we may have on our environment and ourselves.

Best-Rated Memory Foam Mattresses for 2018

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

Compare the current top-rated memory foam mattresses and get tips for picking the right bed. Over a year ago, we conducted an in-depth analysis of […]

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You’ll Never Believe What Maine Just Did!

by Judy Levin @ Center for Environmental Health

Here’s a new day for our health Maine just accomplished what no other state in the U.S. has managed to do: ban the sale of new upholstered furniture that have harmful and unnecessary flame retardant chemicals. This is an unprecedented move to protect children and families from cancer causing and “brain drain” chemicals that have no added...

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DaVinci Davinci 100% Non-toxic TotalCoil Mini Mattress - White from Target | parenting.com Shop

DaVinci Davinci 100% Non-toxic TotalCoil Mini Mattress - White from Target | parenting.com Shop


parenting.com Shop

Find Mattresses at Target.com! The TotalCoil Mini Crib Mattress matches the 100 percent non-toxic construction and durability of our full-size options with its uniformly firm 50-coil innerspring base. At 7.5 lbs., this lightweight portable mattress is easy to maneuver at home or at grandma’s. A medical-grade, waterproof cover repels liquids and keeps allergens from entering the mattress core. Materials are 100 percent non-toxic and free of polyurethane foam, vinyl and chemical flame retardants. Side air vents allow for fresh air circulation and prevent billowing, maintaining a uniform sleeping surface during compression. Made in the USA. Color: White.

The Cheapest Memory Foam Mattresses and Toppers

by Scarlett Whittell @ Memory Foam Mattress Blog

Find out where to buy the cheapest memory foam mattresses and memory foam mattress toppers without compromising on quality.

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Everything You’ve Asked Me About Water Filtration

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Want to make your tap water safe? These toxins are nearly ubiquitous in tap water: Chlorine is a toxin used to sanitize water.  Sanitation is necessary but drinking chlorine is not. Fluoride is a neurotoxic chemical banned in Western Europe, and linked to a lower IQ in children in 50 studies. Microorganisms, bacteria and viruses circulate […]

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See what Consumer Reports has to say about Essentia!

by Stefanie @ Essentia

Essentia Stratami Highest Rated Foam Mattress by Consumer Reports Mattress Ratings. If there is one name that has been the standard in the product review space, it’s Consumer Reports. With over 5000 products tested each year, this nonprofit organization consistently cranks out unbiased ratings and reviews of products and services that we buy daily. In…

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Olga’s Organics

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Beautiful makeup made with USDA certified organic plant-based ingredients that you can actually eat, plus natural minerals. The face powder, for example, is made from arrowroot, cacao powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, bentonite clay, ginger and other organic ingredients. Customer reviews are *****. Affordable prices.  

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Why do Mattresses Have Toxic Chemicals in Them?

by exampleuser @ SleepLily

Why do mattresses have toxic chemicals in them? It’s a fair question. On a lot of levels it seems improbable – impossible even – that something as important as a mattress could be the source of toxic chemicals in our bedrooms. The mattress is, after all, the place we spend over a third of our... Read more »

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Brentwood Home Oceano Mattress Review

by Jessica Jones @ The Sleep Judge

Mattress Off Gassing - How To Get Rid Of The Smell

Mattress Off Gassing - How To Get Rid Of The Smell


The Sleep Judge

Have you ever opened up a new memory foam product and noticed a funky chemical smell coming from it? If so, chances are that your mattress is made with synthetic foams that contain petroleum based chemicals and fire-retarding agents. These chemicals contain fumes that can cause some allergic reactions to those with chemical sensitivities. Fortunately, not all mattresses are going to emit these ill-smelling odors, but if you do happen to own a mattress that is presenting you with these chemical smells, there are ways to get rid of them and things you can look for before you purchase your mattress to avoid the smell all together. Is Off-Gassing Dangerous? Benzene Naphthalene Formaldehyde Testing For Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) Dangers For Children Mattresses That Off-Gas How To Get Rid Of Off-Gassing Remove Plastic Wrap Immediately Let It Air Out Give It The "White Sock" Treatment Conclusion Is Off-Gassing Dangerous? Testing For Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's)

Leesa vs Lull Mattress- What You Need To Know

by Frank Apodaca @ The Sleep Judge

Nontoxic Hangers

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Question from Kate Hi Debra, Do you have any recommendations for nontoxic hangers? Have you found any wood ones with a nontoxic finish?  Can’t seem to find anything! The finishes are all polyurethane finishes and they are generally nickel or chrome plated hooks.  Not sure how you feel about the nickel hooks and if they […]

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Sapo Company

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

A family owned and operated business that offers 100% Natural & Organic Soaps that are made right here in the USA. “Each bar is made with at least 85% organic ingredients and no artificial colors, fragrances, ingredients or preservatives.” Choose from unscented or mostly non-floral scents such as lemongrass, peppermint, shea honey, thyme, and oatmeal […]

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Nontoxic Window Curtains: Tips to find the best ones for your home

by @ Sophia Ruan Gushee | Detox Your Homes | Toxin Free Living

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

When detoxing the home, details—such as the materials and maintenance of curtains—can impact your health.

Similar to table runners, furniture fabrics, bathroom towels and other types of textiles, curtains can be made from natural materials or synthetic chemicals. Curtains made from natural materials are healthier since they contain fewer chemicals.

Healthier textiles are made from natural sources, like plants and even animals. Examples include cotton, hemp, wool, bamboo, and silk.

Nontoxic Window Curtains

To select nontoxic window curtains, we should assess the textiles, dyes, and fabric finishes. Chemicals often found in each of these components include chlorine, formaldehyde, pesticides, and PFCs. They may contribute to health issues, like asthma and cancer.

Below are tips for choosing natural materials, dyes and finishes.

MATERIALS

  • Cotton. Made from cottonseed, cotton is a popular and affordable nontoxic curtain material. Buying conventional cotton contributes to practices that pollute our environment with pesticides. These pesticides are absorbed by the cotton plant and cottonseed that are used to make cotton fabrics. There is conflicting evidence as to how much pesticide remains in cotton fabric and whether that amount is significant enough to threaten human health. I think it's hard to generalize since cotton is grown and manufactured from such diverse practices that it's safer to buy organic cotton for items that have frequent contact with your skin (like pajamas). 
  • Organic Cotton. Organic cotton is grown without pesticides. It is considered one of the least toxic materials. Organic cotton curtains are getting easier to find and are carried by several popular mainstream stores. 
  • Silk. Silk is the fiber that the silkworm weaves for its cocoon. Silk curtains can dress up a room, giving a shimmery look without added chemicals.
  • Linen. Made from the flax plant, linen is sometimes used to make sheer curtains that give privacy while allowing the sunlight to shine through. 

DYES

Naturally-colored materials can be labeled as “color grown,” or list the dye source as clay, spices, nuts, roots, tree bark, and plant parts.(1) Dyes labeled as “low-impact dye” are made from synthetic materials (chemicals), but are considered by some to be better than standard dyes. There are varying views about low-impact dyes and their effect on health.

FINISHES 

Curtains come with a variety of finishes that may or may not be listed on the label. If you see words like “easy care,” “protected,” or “wrinkle-resistant,” there may be chemical finishes added. Avoid curtains that contain finishes.

3RD PARTY CERTIFICATIONS

Opt for window curtains that have been certified by a credible third-party. Here are a few to look for:

  • GOTS Certified as “organic.” The GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) considers the material fiber, dye, finish, added notions (buttons, zippers, etc), tag, and packaging material when certifying textiles. Look for the GOTS organic certification for products that are 95-100 percent organic. Be aware that GOTS also has a certification for products “made with organic,” which allow for 30 percent of materials to be non-organic. However, these products must state “made with” instead of solely stating “organic”. (2)
  • Oeko-Tex Standard 100. This is a certification accepted and used worldwide. Material fiber, dye, finish, and notions are considered when certifying textiles. There are four classifications with varying criteria for certification. Curtains fall into Product Class IV, which has less strict requirements than Product Class I.(3)
  • USDA Organic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture certifies raw natural fibers (cotton, wool, flax). USDA organic certification only considers the fiber; it does not consider dye, finish, or notions. (4)

Maintenance

In addition to choosing nontoxic curtains, maintenance and cleaning of curtains can help create a healthier home.

Curtains attract dust, mold, and chemicals that are floating in the air. Dust contains dead cells, bug parts, mold spores, pet dander, and particles from clothing, curtains, furniture, and other household products. In addition, chemicals such as flame retardants and SVOCs, absorb onto (attach reversibly to, without bonding) (5) indoor surfaces such as dust.

Below are three curtain maintenance tips to help detox your home.

  1. House dust has been found to cause allergy (6) and asthma reactions.(7) Vacuuming (with a HEPA filter) your home and curtains often is one strategy for controlling allergy and asthma.
  2. Buy curtains you can wash easily. Wash curtains every week to two weeks in order to keep dust to a minimum.
  3. Avoid “dry clean only” curtains. The dry cleaning solution is a mix of chemicals that may be causing health conditions, including asthma. (8)

Summary

Replacing synthetic curtains with natural curtains is one way of detoxing your living room, playroom, bedroom, and kitchen curtains. In summary:

  1. Consider choosing curtains made from natural materials, natural dyes and those that do not have added finishes.
  2. Choose curtains that are washable to easily clean them weekly or bi-weekly in the washing machine instead of having them dry cleaned.

 


References

(1)  U.S. Department of Agriculture

(2) GOTS

(3) Oeko-Tex

(4) USDA Organic

(5) Berkley Lab

(6) Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America – Indoor Air Quality

(7) Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America - Asthma

(8) American Lung Association

CEH’s Award-Winning Success in Kicking Toxic Chemicals Out of Furniture

by Center for Environmental Health @ Center for Environmental Health

Earlier this month, CEH was awarded the “Market Transformation” Award by by the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) for our work to move the furniture industry towards healthier, less toxic  products.  CEH’s work educating and assisting major corporations towards purchasing safer furniture, made without toxic chemicals provided an important example of how purchasers can incentivize...

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The Resolution That Makes All Others Possible

by Joel Tretin @ Saatva's Sleep Blog

Sleep is quickly becoming the new New Year’s resolution. If you’ve promised yourself to start dieting, start exercising, and start 2018 on the right foot, the first step, it turns out, is getting a good night’s sleep. Ready, Set, Sleep The latest publication to open its eyes to the importance of sleep is Quartzy, the Atlantic’s lifestyle […]

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Is Your Mattress Toxic? Hidden Dangers in Your Sleeping Environment - Red and Honey

Is Your Mattress Toxic? Hidden Dangers in Your Sleeping Environment - Red and Honey


Red and Honey

We spend about a third of our lives in bed. All the more reason to find the safest, most non-toxic mattress, like these healthier options.

Do You Sleep on an "Organic" Mattress?

Do You Sleep on an "Organic" Mattress?


Dr. Axe

We spend close to one-third of our lives sleeping, yet for most of us it's on a mattress that turns out to be pretty toxic, let alone often uncomfortable. I wrote up this article all about the common ingredients in most mattresses — caution, it might freak you out — plus how exactly to pick the healthiest bed to your sleep and health go hand-in-hand like they should.

11 Best Natural, Eco Friendly & Organic Mattresses You Can Buy Online

11 Best Natural, Eco Friendly & Organic Mattresses You Can Buy Online


The Good Trade

A good night’s sleep shouldn’t be elusive. Studies show that we spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping, and yet the average mattress contains a cocktail of toxic chemicals and flame retardants that can lead to long term diseases, skin irritations and respiratory problems. Comfort and quality are

Is Tamiflu Dangerous?

Is Tamiflu Dangerous?

by Heather @ Mommypotamus

Note: In the five years since I first published this post, more families have come forward with stories that I believe need to be shared. I’ve updated the post with them, plus additional comments from researchers.  Watching your cholesterol levels? Take some Lipitor and forget about it. Like, ACTUALLY forget about it. As in, develop […]

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Vivapure

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Raw organic superfoods from around the world. “Here at Vivapura, there are no secrets about how we operate. As a company, we’ve made a huge effort to make our processes transparent. This is very important, because our competitors do not tell you how they source and make their products.”..Vivapure superfoods are ALWAYS RAW. Unadulterated. Nutrient […]

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Joyce Farms

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

This family-owned comapny is dedicated to providing “the finest, most flavorful poultry, beef and game raised on small farms using humane, all natural methods…We raise every single animal with one guiding imperative: that there is nothing added EVER – no pesticides, animal by-products, hormones, growth stimulators or antibiotics. This allows us to produce meats the […]

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8 Ways to Get Better Sleep and Wake Up Refreshed

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

The search for better sleep proves a popular one these days, between busy work and social lives. And why not? Nothing beats the feeling of […]

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5 Things the Lincoln Bedroom Can Tell Us About a Good Night’s Sleep

by Mark Sheridan @ Saatva's Sleep Blog

It’s ironic that Presidents’ Day is associated with mattress sales, given what terrible things the nation’s top job does for sleeping habits. President Clinton may have boasted about how little sleep he got while in office, but science shows that restless nights take a serious toll on our health. What’s more, our commanders-in-chief seem to […]

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Sleeping in Hotels

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

Sleep Better in Hotels | Seven ways to get a better night's rest in a hotel room.Read More ...

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How to Find the Best Mattress for Back Pain

by sebomarketing @ Intellibed

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The Perfect Gift: an Essentia Gift Card!

by Stefanie @ Essentia

Just in time for the holiday season, we’re happy to announce that you can now purchase Essentia virtual Gift Cards online! We know picking pillows and even a mattress is a very personal experience, and everyone has different opinions about what feels best. Why not give your friends and family the gift of choice? With an…

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The Ultimate Non-Toxic Baby Registry Checklist {2018 Edition}

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

Hi mama, and welcome to the Ultimate Non-Toxic Baby Registry Checklist! Putting together your baby registry is a process in and of itself, and it can be really fun and exciting. It can also easily consume weeks or even months of your pregnancy. I want to make it easier for you. My goal is to help you […]

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Non-Toxic Bath Toys {Safer, Plastic-Free Toys for Bath Time}

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

Bath time is a fun time in our home. My oldest loves to play and splash around in the bath, and I like to sit back and enjoy a few moments of conversation with him. But, getting him in the bath – that’s another story! The only thing that helps is agreeing to give him […]

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Crunchi Non-Toxic Makeup Review

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

Last updated on February 7th, 2018Over the course of a couple years now I have been searching for non-toxic makeup brands that are transparent enough to welcome my questions, meet my strict standards, and make products that actually work well, … Continued

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How To Make Non-Toxic Granite Cleaner

How To Make Non-Toxic Granite Cleaner

by Heather @ Mommypotamus

I love the bright, crisp scent of this Lemon & Lavender All-Purpose Cleaner, but vinegar is too acidic for granite and can cause etching over time. Store-bought options often contain problematic ingredients – frequently earning a rating of C or even F from the Environmental Working Group – and can cost anywhere from $7-$27 dollars. […]

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Are the Chemicals in Your Mattress Dangerous? | Saatva Sleep Blog

Are the Chemicals in Your Mattress Dangerous? | Saatva Sleep Blog


Saatva's Sleep Blog

When's the last time you thought about what chemicals are lurking in your mattress? If you suffer from allergic reactions, your mattress could be the cause.

How I Set My Sleep Goals for 2018

by Mark Sheridan @ Saatva's Sleep Blog

I didn’t truly think about sleep until, in August of 2016, I learned that I have obstructive sleep apnea. Every morning for a year, I had woken up feeling awful, and I couldn’t get through the day without taking a nap. My thoughts grew sluggish, my speech became slurred, and I started to forget things. […]

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Terralite

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Candles made from organic coconut oil and rice bran wax, scented with “organic, wildcrafted, pure essential oils and extracts from plants that were grown without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers…Our hemp wicks contain absolutely no lead, are not chemically treated, and are braided with pure unbleached cotton.” All candles are white and come […]

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Is Great Sleep Worth It?

by Jenny Stoddard @ Intellibed

  What Is Your Bed Really Worth?   One of the considerations people make when purchasing a mattress is how long it will last. Factoring into that consideration are materials, warranty and general wear and tear. Many people feel that if you can get about 10 years out of a mattress, you’ve found something reasonable.…

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What Is an Organic Mattress?

by Stefanie @ Essentia

The average human being spends roughly one-third of their life sleeping, which makes choosing the right mattress an important life decision for your health and wellbeing. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of organic mattresses available on the market, but there is still a notable amount of skepticism and a…

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Crib Mattresses Emit High Rates of Potentially Harmful Chemicals, Cockrell School Engineers Find

Crib Mattresses Emit High Rates of Potentially Harmful Chemicals, Cockrell School Engineers Find


UT News | The University of Texas at Austin

Editor's note from UT Austin media relations office on funding: As noted in the release, this study was funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Nordic Research Opportunity program, a joint program between NSF and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes).AUSTIN, Texas  In a first-of-its-kind study, a team of environmental engineers from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin found that infants are exposed to high levels of chemical emissions from crib mattresses while they sleep.

How I Found a Non-Toxic Mattress

How I Found a Non-Toxic Mattress


Empowered Sustenance

Do you know if you have a toxic mattress? Here's how to find out, plus the non-toxic mattress that I use.

8 Thoughtful, No-Cost Bedroom Gifts

by Joel Gross @ Saatva's Sleep Blog

The end of the year is always a busy time, and it’s especially disorienting because of how quickly everything happens. One minute you’re shopping for the perfect Halloween costume, the next you hear Christmas music on the radio. Before you know it, the festive season is in full swing. The Holiday Season Whirlwind With such […]

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What is CertiPUR?

What is CertiPUR?

by O Ecotextiles @ O ECOTEXTILES

Why is it necessary to find a good mattress for your baby?  For one thing, babies spend a lot of time sleeping.  And there is evidence that your immune system works hardest at night, so it seems reasonable to make your sleep environment as clean as possible.  A study done in 2014 by the University […]

3 Reasons Perfume Stinks for Your Health

by Dr. Frank Lipman @ Dr Frank Lipman

Perfume has become a industrial, virtually plant-free affair, far removed from its nature-bound beginnings. Modern day perfumes and fragrances, be they the ones you spray on, shampoo into your skin or moisturize post-shower, have morphed into vehicles that deliver numerous petroleum-based synthetic toxins into our bodies, making most scents little more than ugly subverters of health, wrapped in pretty packaging.

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The Importance of Knowing Where Your Mattress Comes From

by Joel Tretin @ Saatva's Sleep Blog

You may sleep on it every night, but how well do you really know your mattress? The importance of understanding where and how your bedding is made was driven home again last month when the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of thousands of mattresses sold on Amazon.com for failing to meet federal flammability […]

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If You’re Planning a Lie in, Here’s How to do it

by Scarlett Whittell @ Memory Foam Mattress Blog

Noisy kids. Noisy pets. Noisy snorers. Don't worry, we've got everything under control. Get ready for the best lie in of your life.

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Which Memory Foam Mattress Is Best For Lower Back Pain?

by Scarlett Whittell @ Memory Foam Mattress Blog

Find out how memory foam can ease your lower back pain, check out our recommendations, and read real-life customers reviews too.

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Essentia Natural Memory Foam Mattresses in the Media!

by Stefanie @ Essentia

This a big month for Essentia as we celebrate our 12-year anniversary. Some exciting things have happened this year, and more specifically this month. If you don’t know as yet, the Essentia Stratami mattress has been featured by Consumer Reports. You can see what Consumer Reports has to say about Essentia here. That story has…

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Choosing an Organic Kids Mattress

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

  One of the most important decisions a parent can make is choosing an organic kids mattress. Sleep is critical to your child’s health and well-being, and since kids spend more than one third of their lives in direct exposure to their mattress materials it’s crucial to their health that those mattress materials be safe, …Read More

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Our Aviya Bed Review: Is This America’s Favorite for 2018?

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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How to Reduce Back Pain During Sleep

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

Are you one of the 80% of people who experiences back pain from time to time? Back pain has reached nearly epidemic proportions, with nearly […]

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Where to Buy a Caravan Memory Foam Mattress Topper?

by James Nison @ Memory Foam Mattress Blog

With our made to measure Caravan Memory Foam Mattress Topper service you'll never have to sacrifice your comfort on the road again.

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How Much Sleep Do I Need?

by Taylor Jones @ The Drömma Bed

Sleep plays an essential role in maintaining good physical and mental health. The process releases essential hormones, restores energy, repairs tissue and supports daytime performance. As such, lack of sleep is dangerous to our health; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who experience sleep insufficiency are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases, including hypertension, diabetes, depression and obesity, as well as a reduced quality of life and productivity. Despite the essential role sleep plays in keeping us healthy, insufficient sleep is a major problem in the United States, with an estimated 35 percent of […]

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STOP! Don't buy that new TOXIC mattress!

STOP! Don't buy that new TOXIC mattress!


Weed 'em & Reap

Don't buy that conventional mattress. It's toxic! There are cheaper and healthier options that won't pollute your personal environment.

National Alliance of Safe Pest Control

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

A series of guides that will help you control many common pests in your home. All types of natural pest controls are compared for each pest. All in easy-to-read language.  

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Memory Foam Mattresses: Are They Safe?

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

Memory Foam Mattress Ingredients: are the dangers real or exaggerated? Are the chemicals in your life freaking you out or have you found yourself wondering if products like memory foam mattresses are safe? If you’ve been looking into this type of mattress or any other, you may be wondering whether chemicals and odors could represent […]

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The Best Essential Oil Diffuser That Is Safe and Non Toxic

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

We all say that we want to breathe in clean, fresh air and that pollution is bad. Despite that, many of us are intentionally bringing air pollutants into our homes.These aren't big, scary pollutants like industrial smoke and urban smog. Rather, they come into our house in pleasant canisters and in packages bedecked with pretty […]

Finding the Perfect Materials for Non-Toxic Mattress

by exampleuser @ SleepLily

Building the perfect non-toxic mattress starts with finding the safest, most natural materials. Because no matter what other companies do in the manufacturing process, or how many fancy marketing names they create to make their products “sound” more organic, if you don’t start with pure, wholesome materials, you can’t create a truly non-toxic mattress. So when... Read more »

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How to Get a Natural Mattress | Wellness Mama

How to Get a Natural Mattress | Wellness Mama


Wellness Mama®

Tips and solutions for when a natural mattress isn’t in the budget, including encasing a mattress, reducing EMFs and more. 

The Best Food Storage Containers That Are Safe and Non Toxic

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

Leftovers: They're pretty much a fact of life. So what do you do with them? Your grandma probably stored hers in Tupperware bowls or reused plastic packaging like margarine tubs and cottage cheese containers.What your grandma didn't know, however, is that those plastic items aren't the best food storage containers. Sure, they're reasonably priced and […]

Should You Ditch Your Chemical Mattress?

Should You Ditch Your Chemical Mattress?


Mother Jones

Good night, sleep tight—don't let the volatile organic compounds bite.

What to Avoid When Buying a Non-toxic Mattress

What to Avoid When Buying a Non-toxic Mattress


Dr Frank Lipman

If you're in the market for a non-toxic mattress--whether it's for a crib or a California king--here is what I suggest you avoid:

Mattress Sales: The Best Reviews on Sale Priced Mattresses and Memory Foam Mattress Sales

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

Are you looking for the best online mattress sales, including those on memory foam? Depending on the time of year, there are some incredible deals offered by various manufacturers that should help you narrow down your choices. If you plan on taking advantage of mattress deal prices, it’s also important to consider the overall value […]

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PROPER SPINAL ALIGNMENT AND SLEEP POSTURE; THE SECRET TO A BETTER (AND HEALTHIER) NIGHT’S SLEEP.

by Bridger Kanenwisher @ Intellibed

TRADITIONAL MATTRESSES DON’T PROVIDE ADEQUATE SUPPORT. (NO WONDER YOUR BACK HURTS IN THE MORNING) As children, we’re told to sit up and to stand up straight, and for good reason. Proper posture aligns our hips and shoulders, reducing stress on our lower back and unhealthy curvature of the spine. But what happens when we lie…

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How To Find An Affordable Natural Organic Mattress

How To Find An Affordable Natural Organic Mattress


Rodale's Organic Life

4 tips for buying the best non-toxic bedding for a healthier night's sleep.

The non-toxic liquid foundation that works so well

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

I am excited to tell you about this non-toxic liquid foundation that actually works!  When you use it, you do not have to re-apply your makeup during the day, it will hide your wrinkles, and it feels weightless on your … Continued

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Blue Shift: Why You Don’t Need to Worry About Your Foam Mattress Off-Gassing

Blue Shift: Why You Don’t Need to Worry About Your Foam Mattress Off-Gassing


Wirecutter: Reviews for the Real World

Yes, foam mattresses can “off-gas,” or release compounds into the air. But, no, they’re not going to hurt you.

9 Sleep Disorders that Seem Spooky

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

A high-pitched scream breaks the silence of the night. A zombie stalks the streets as the clock strikes midnight. You wake unable to move away […]

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Healthy Energy

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

Healthy Energy | The alternative energy drink you need to try.Read More ...

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Dirty & Dangerous

by amerisleep101 @ Amerisleep Blog

According to a recent survey, the most common complaint from hotel guests is noisy neighbors. The second most common? Filth. After all, when you go on vacation, you expect to be pampered, comfortable, and relaxed. At the very least, you want a clean, safe place to rest your head at night. You want to know […]

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Is Memory Foam Toxic? 5 Chemicals in Your Mattress

Is Memory Foam Toxic? 5 Chemicals in Your Mattress


Amerisleep Blog

Chances are, your mattress is home to some icky stuff. Here's what might be in there, and how to minimize your exposure.

Sleep and Relationships: How More Rest Makes Happier Couples

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

From emotional blowouts to a lower libido, a lack of sleep hurts often spells trouble for relationships. This article explain what happens to couples’ communication […]

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Sealy Soybean EverEdge Foam-Core Crib Mattress - Safe or Toxic | I Read Labels For You

Sealy Soybean EverEdge Foam-Core Crib Mattress - Safe or Toxic | I Read Labels For You


I Read Labels For You

The reviewer of the Sealy Soybean EverEdge Foam-Core crib mattress said that manufacturers can call their mattresses soybean with only 5% soy in them.

Flame Retardant Mattresses – FAQ

by exampleuser @ SleepLily

Flame Retardant Mattresses – Your questions, answered. Having a fire in the home is a nightmare scenario. In 2015 alone, there were 365,500 house fires an estimated $7 billion dollars in direct property damage. Don’t forget about the destructive emotional cost that comes from having your home and sense of security destroyed by flames. Thankfully,... Read more »

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Essentia Celebrates it’s 12 Year Anniversary!

by Stefanie @ Essentia

It’s been 12 years of Essentia making high quality, healthy, organic mattresses that bring the benefits of a clean air environment, organic material, an allergen-free sleep surface and more into your home. To celebrate Essentia is running a month-long anniversary sale, which you take advantage of now. We promise our anniversary sale is bigger than…

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10 Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Mattresses

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

Change the way you look at your mattress with these ten odd and fun factoids. If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give your […]

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Is Your Mattress a Toxic Time Bomb?

Is Your Mattress a Toxic Time Bomb?


The Soft Landing®

Is your mattress a toxic time bomb? Unfortunately, that can be the case with conventional mattresses. We've found an affordable solution to this dilemma!

Discovering Toxic Materials in Your Bedroom - Healthy Home - Mother Earth Living

Discovering Toxic Materials in Your Bedroom - Healthy Home - Mother Earth Living


Mother Earth Living

Debra Lynn Dadd shares what you need to know when looking for toxic materials in your bedroom, includes tips on safe materials for sheets, pillows, pillowcases and mattresses.

Best Mattress Reviews of 2018 – Yearly Report

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

If you plan on buying a new bed soon, you might be curious to know who has the best mattresses, and which ones to avoid. […]

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6 Must-Follow Mommas & their Top Tips for Non-Toxic Living

by exampleuser @ SleepLily

Here at SleepLily, we know that there are just too many blogs to read through to find content that is relevant for you and your little one. As avid mommy blog readers, we did the hard part for you. Below are 6 Mama’s you must be following and their helpful tips for you. The blogs... Read more »

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Are Organic Mattresses Worth The Price?

by Stefanie @ Essentia

In recent years, the number of different types of mattresses available has increased and organic mattresses have become more prevalent. You may be asking yourself, “What is an organic mattress?” Organic mattresses are certified by a third-party organic certifying agent as being organic and include natural, biodegradable, and sustainable materials such as organic latex, organic…

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Best Soft Mattress for Your Needs

by Candace Osmond @ The Sleep Judge

Best Non Toxic Mattresses of 2018

Best Non Toxic Mattresses of 2018


Nontoxic Reboot

If you were to only pick one item to switch in your journey for a nontoxic reboot, I would say that you should get a nontoxic mattress. Why? It by far has the most impact out of any other single it…

Cure Anxiety Naturally

by Jessica Hann @ Avocado Green Mattress

Treat Anxiety Naturally | The best essential oils for anxiety.Read More ...

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Top 5 Serta Adjustable Mattresses

by Star Newcomb @ The Sleep Judge

Biosteel Sneakers

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

"Spider Silk" Sneakers? | Adidas debuts shoes made from biosteel.Read More ...

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DIY Night Cream

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

DIY Night Cream | An all-natural recipe that won't clog pores.Read More ...

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Tips on how to avoid chemicals

Tips on how to avoid chemicals

by O Ecotextiles @ O ECOTEXTILES

We are always being asked about how to avoid chemicals which can harm you, so we thought it would be good to put together a list of how to go about it. Considering all the potential sources of toxic chemicals, it’s virtually impossible to avoid all of them. However, you CAN limit your exposure by […]

Does “soy based foam” deliver on its promise?

Does “soy based foam” deliver on its promise?


O ECOTEXTILES

In last week’s post I explained that polyurethane foam (polyfoam) has a plethora of problems associated with it: The chemicals used to manufacture the foam have been formally identified as carcinog…

The Silent Productivity Killer Costing UK Businesses £109 MILLION Every Day

by Scarlett Whittell @ Memory Foam Mattress Blog

In the midst of the UK's £400 Billion productivity crisis, we ask if free salads and ping pong tables are really the solution.

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Trading Our Tempur-Pedic for a Non-Toxic Mattress

Trading Our Tempur-Pedic for a Non-Toxic Mattress


Eating Bird Food

Why we traded our Tempur-Pedic for a Non-Toxic Mattress and my review of an intelliBED mattress.

Top Chemicals Found in the Home

by @ Sophia Ruan Gushee | Detox Your Homes | Toxin Free Living

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Chemicals, chemicals here and there. Chemicals, chemicals everywhere!  

It’s true. They’re all around us, which can be overwhelming at times.

How do you choose which chemicals to tackle first? Based on the book A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures by Sophia Gushée, the top 10 chemicals (or families of chemicals) of concern and their health effects are described below. This list of common household chemicals can be used to learn, focus efforts, and strategize which chemicals to avoid.

Take a room-by-room tour of places where chemicals may be in your home.

1. KITCHEN

Cabinets & Shelves

Kitchen cabinets consume large amounts of wall space, holding dishes and packaged foods. Their beauty is one of the main focuses of a kitchen and can be seen by all.

What can’t be seen are the chemicals used to make those chemicals and shelves. Cabinets and shelves can contain chemicals from a family of chemicals known as solvents. Solvents are often used to make composite wood, paints, stains, and finishes.

  • Chemicals. Solvents are used to create solutions, minimize clumping, and increase dry times. They are often used in adhesives and resins that bind wood dust when making composite wood. Solvents may affect the nervous, reproductive, development, liver, kidney, and respiratory systems. They may also cause cancer.
  • Tips. Cabinets and shelves made from solid hardwood and finished with natural nontoxic paints, stains, and finishes are preferable. As a standard cabinet-building practice today, plywood is typically used to build the cabinet box (framework) and for the back panel (which holds the cabinets square and sturdy). Cabinet faces and doors (the part we see most) are typically made from composite wood, but is often available in solid hardwood. For the most nontoxic cabinets, cabinets made entirely of solid hardwood is ideal but is also expensive. When considering how to prioritize your budget, solid wood may not be a worthwhile option so choose composite woods that are free of formaldehyde. Focusing on which stains, adhesives, and paints you use are more affordable ways to detox your wood products.

Electronics

Electronics are everywhere: Computer stations for working, tablet devices displaying recipes, and “smart appliances” to remotely control settings and inform you when your steak is ready! Electronic devices heat up when in use. In order to minimize (and hopefully avoid) a fire hazard, chemical flame retardants are added to electronics.

  • Chemicals. Chemical flame retardants have been linked to health conditions that involve the immune, endocrine, reproductive, developmental and nervous systems. They also may contribute cancer.
  • Tips. Minimize the amount of electronics in your home. Since flame retardants are required by law to be added to electronics, the best way to minimize exposure from electronics is to minimize how much you have at home. As a bonus, this will help minimize electromagnetic fields.

2. LIVING ROOM

Furniture

There are many parts to furniture: the structure, padding, covering, and finishes that require different types of material. For example, furniture structure can be made from wood varieties, metal, and plastic, while padding can be made from foam, latex, cotton, or wool. Coverings can be made from leather varieties, synthetic materials, and have various fabric finishes; while wood finishes could be in the form of paint, stains, and sealants. In any style of furniture, there can be chemicals classified as volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

  • Chemicals. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) fall within the solvent chemical family. VOCs can affect health both in the short-term and long-term. The impact can range from irritation of the eyes and respiratory system to dizziness and nausea to cognitive inabilities. Long-term effects can include damage to organ systems (such as the liver and kidneys), and the nervous system. VOCs may also contribute to cancer.
  • Tips. Furniture made from natural materials—such as hardwood, cotton, and wool—typically have fewer VOCs than furniture made from synthetic materials, like composite woods, foam, and polyester. If the furniture has a paint, stain, or sealant, choose zero- or low-VOC products.

Drapes, Blankets & Coverings

Stain repellent fabric can be found in furniture coverings, drapes, and blankets, making them easily cleanable when liquid is spilled or splashed onto them. One of the chemicals used to create a stain repellent is in the nanoparticle family. Antimicrobials are also in this family of chemicals.

  • Chemicals. Nanoparticles that have been tested on animals have resulted in behavior, metabolism, inflammation, damage to cell structure, development issues, and neurological damage. The effect on humans is unknown but thought to easily affect the human brain and organs since their minuscule size could more easily travel into the body.
  • Tips. Manufacturers are not required to include nanoparticles on labels, making it tough for consumers to avoid. Initial tips for avoiding them are twofold: avoid sprays and powders with nanoparticles (or minimize sprays and powders in general), and avoid applying creams with nanoparticles over cuts (or avoid applying creams, lotions, etc. over open wounds as a general rule).

3. BATHROOM

Soaps, Toothpastes, Shaving Creams & Other Personal Care Items

Personal care items—such as soaps, toothpastes, shaving creams, and facial scrubs—often contain tiny plastic pieces called microbeads. They’ve been used to give a little abrasion to otherwise smooth products to help exfoliate and give texture.

  • Chemicals. Microbeads added to products is a relatively new fad so the health effects are not fully known yet, but dentists suspect that microbeads may be contributing to dental-related diseases. The tiny pieces of plastic can get stuck in the gums and between teeth, and trap bacteria. The environmental impact may be significant and lead to an impact on human health. Water treatment equipment is not able to catch such small plastic particles,, causing the microbeads to end up in lakes. The microbeads look like fish eggs, which may be eaten by fish and other lake-residing animals. And humans could be eating those fish. (1)
  • Tips. Exfoliate with natural products—like salt, sugar, or ground nut shells—that can be easily added to nontoxic soaps to give a similar lightly-abrasive texture to your cleaners. Loofah sponges are another natural alternative. Be sure to dry the sponge completely so that it doesn’t mold.

Cosmetics & Hair Styling

Beauty products such as cosmetics and hair styling gels and sprays make us look marvelous on the outside, but may harm our insides. Petroleum distillates are one of several chemicals found in personal care products, such as lip balms, mascaras and hair products.

  • Chemicals. Petroleum distillates are made from crude oil (the same oil used to make gasoline and kerosene) that has been distilled, processed, and refined. They  accumulate in bodies and may contribute to cancer. It has been prohibited or restricted in the European Union, but is still used in the U.S.
  • Tips. Petroleum distillates are required to be listed on product labels, making it easier to spot products that contain it. The complexity comes in the number of names for petroleum distillates. Here are a few names that are more commonly known: petroleum, petroleum jelly, mineral oil, mineral spirits, kerosene, white spirits. Choose cosmetics and hair sprays that don’t contain these ingredients. Look for cosmetics, hair styling, and other personal care products that are made from natural ingredients.

4. NURSERY

Children’s Stuff

Little babies urinate approximately 20 times per day and need their diaper changed every 2-3 hours.(2) That means their little butts are wiped 8-12 times per day. Those baby wipes commonly contain chemicals, including glycols.

  • Chemicals. Glycols are a type of alcohol that is used to clean the skin and prevent moisture loss. They have been found to cause dermatitis (skin condition), birth defects, and damage the reproductive and kidney systems.
  • Tips. Wipe little butts with organic, reusable, cotton cloths (wash cloth or cloth diaper), damp paper towel, toilet paper, or cotton balls. If standard wipes are used, select those that are unbleached, chlorine-free, alcohol-free, paraben-free, and fragrance-free.

Toys

Children’s toys, such as bath toys and sponges, sometimes have antibacterial chemicals—such as triclosan—added to them to keep the toy from molding. Some toy manufacturers and distributors suggest cleaning the toy with antibacterial soap. While well-intended, the chemicals used to create antibacterial products may be harmful to health.

  • Chemicals. Triclosan is an antibacterial and disinfectant. It may be affecting health by disrupting thyroid and other hormones, and doing harm to the liver and immune system. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates the use of triclosan (and other antimicrobials) as a pesticide in products like counter cleaners, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates triclosan (and other antimicrobials) as drugs and antiseptic products such as hand cleaners.(3)
  • Tips. Avoid cleaning toys with antibacterial soaps or sprays. Toys that are labeled “antibacterial” may contain triclosan or other chemicals linked to health conditions. Third-party organizations such as HealthStuff (https://www.ecocenter.org/healthy-stuff) has a searchable database and develops reports advising of healthier products, including children’s toys.  

5. WHOLE HOUSE

Cleaning Products

Cleaning products made from chemicals have gained attention in mainstream media over the past few years and continues to be a concern for many. Used on counters, floors, bathtubs, sinks, windows, and a host of other surfaces that we encounter several times per day, cleaning products often contain preservatives (such as formaldehyde and sodium benzoate). The cleaning products used in a home can be isolated to a single room (such as bathroom toilet cleaner) to the entire house (a multipurpose cleaner).

  • Chemicals. Preservatives can cause short-term and long-term health conditions. They have been linked to cancer, behavior disorders, menstrual cycle disruption, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and skin.
  • Tips. Use cleaning products made from natural ingredients—such as vinegar, water, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and castile soap. Instead of buying pre-mixed cleaners, make your own!

Air Fresheners

Air fresheners typically contain synthetic fragrances, which are made from any number of chemicals. Inerts are one type of chemical that can be found in synthetic fragrances. The word “inert” means “lacking a usual or anticipated chemical or biological action”(4), giving the impression that these chemicals are not harmful. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

  • Chemicals. Inerts have not been studied for their health effects. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allows 1,400 chemicals to be called inert, 40 of which are known to cause cancer or nervous system toxicity, and another 64 of which are potentially toxic.
  • Tips. Instead of standard air fresheners, use organic essential oils that are made from natural sources instead of synthetic chemicals. Simmering water on the stove, and adding lemon, cinnamon or other spice is another healthier alternative to synthetic air fresheners.

Chemicals are found throughout our homes. The 10 chemicals identified above are categories that are commonly found in households. Make changes room-by-room to rid these common household chemicals and unburden your body.

 


References

(1)  National Public Radio

(2) American Pregnancy Association

(3) National Pesticide Information Center

(4) Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The Best Non-Toxic Mattress on the Market (it feels great and you can afford it)

The Best Non-Toxic Mattress on the Market (it feels great and you can afford it)


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In this article, I review the all-around best non-toxic mattress on the market. But is it safe, comfortable, and affordable? Yes, to all three!

Mom’s Guide 2018: What's The Best Organic Crib Mattress?

Mom’s Guide 2018: What's The Best Organic Crib Mattress?


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Did you know that crib mattresses are sprayed with toxic chemicals? Find out how you can avoid this and find one that's both non-toxic and organic.

We Can Win – With Your Help!

by Laurie Valeriano @ Toxic-Free Future

People often ask me and my staff why we do what we do. That’s easy to answer. I strongly believe that it’s unacceptable that chemical companies can put chemicals into the world without making sure the chemicals won’t harm our health. I also know we can do something about it. At Toxic-Free Future, we’re tackling […]

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by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

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by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

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Pure Grow Wool – Raising the Baaaa-r

by Mariah Bankemper @ SleepLily

Pure Grow wool is SleepLily’s favorite fiber. It is completely natural, non-toxic, and cruelty-free. What’s so great about Pure Grow Wool? Wool can do incredible things, which is why Pure Grow wool is featured in our non-toxic mattresses. Wool has been used all over the world for centuries because of it’s incredible properties. Here are 3 of the... Read more »

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What to Look for in a Non-Toxic Mattress: Brands and Where to Buy - Green at Home

What to Look for in a Non-Toxic Mattress: Brands and Where to Buy - Green at Home


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We spend 1/3 of our lives on a mattress, but conventional products may contain toxic chemicals. This blog looks at non-toxic brands and where to buy them.

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by Scarlett Whittell @ Memory Foam Mattress Blog

In honour of the upcoming Royal Wedding, we're listing all the brilliant reasons why you should support British Mattress Makers like us!

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Mother’s Day Loom & Leaf Mattress Giveaway 2017

by Kayla @ Loom & Leaf Sleep Blog

Give mom the gift of great sleep for Mother’s Day! Enter for a chance to win a Loom & Leaf Mattress in our Mother’s Day giveaway. The winner will be selected at random following Mother’s Day, on May 15th, 2017, and will be notified via email. Entering is simple- just complete as many as the […]

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Why Everyone Is Suddenly Using Crystal Deodorant (& You Should, Too!)

by Sierra Bright @ Natural Living Ideas

Back in the 1980s, before the term “natural” was cool, a pioneering company known as Crystal developed a natural deodorant from a hunk of French-sourced mineral salt that looks like a crystal and deodorizes without harmful chemicals. While it’s had somewhat of a cult following in the decades since, with healthier, alternative products now all the rage, Crystal deodorants have been thrust into the spotlight… [read more]

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Breakfast to Go

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

Breakfast to Go | 13 make-ahead breakfast recipes.Read More ...

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How Long Can You Leave Your New Mattress Rolled Up?

by Scarlett Whittell @ Memory Foam Mattress Blog

How long can you leave your mattress rolled up or in its box? Will it start to damage the mattress if you don't unpack it straight away?

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Foam Mattresses And Cushions are More Dangerous Than We Thought

Foam Mattresses And Cushions are More Dangerous Than We Thought


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