Did you know that the one room you spend the most time in at home is your bedroom? Hopefully, if you are sleeping well, you spend at least 7 to 8 hours in your bedroom every night. But it’s not all sweet dreams … you might get exposed to these 5 things that are hiding and toxic in your bedroom.
Here are 5 things that are hiding and toxic in your bedroom:
What can you do to fix what’s toxic in your bedroom?
Pitch the Candles.
Hiding: A seemingly safe addition to bedroom ambiance, this hunk of burnin’ love could be adding some toxicity to your environment. Candle wicks can contain lead to help them light and burn. The fragrance could hide things like formaldehyde.
Add: Essential oils to the rescue! You can keep that sweet smelling ambiance with an essential oil diffuser. We use an ultrasonic diffuser at bedtime every night. Lavender essential oil used during sleep has been shown to reduce stress hormones and help with deepening sleep.
Pitch the Dust
Hiding in Dust: Did you know that dust particles contain pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals. Everytime you breath in dust particles, you are absorbing these toxins into your lungs!
Add: A regular dusting routine. It’s preferred to wet dust to reduce the amount of dust particles that float around. I use a small spray bottle or bucket of fresh water with 10 drops of my favorite essential oil. Dust and make the house smell fresh too…double win!
Pitch the Dresser.
Hiding in the Dresser: If your dresser or other furniture in the bedroom is made with pressboard, it’s time to think about upgrading. While particle board furniture is convenient and inexpensive, it might be off gassing some pretty nasty stuff like formaldehyde and other VOCs. And it can take 5 – 10 years for your furniture to stop off gassing these chemicals.
Add: Furniture made from real wood.
Pitch Your Toxic Sheets.
Hiding in your sheets: We talked about the pesticide and chemical exposure to sheets in this post here.
Add: Organic cotton sheets might feel like a luxury, but you are breathing this stuff in for 8 hours a day. If you were to pick a home decorating splurge, I would recommend starting here!
Pitch Your Toxic Closet
Hiding in your closet: Okay, okay. Now I know you can’t really fit your closet into a trash can! And it’s not really the whole closet I am talking about. It’s what’s inside your closet that I am concerned about. From moth balls to chemically treated fabrics, your closet might just be the biggest chemical convention in your home.
Did you know that the fabrics in your clothing aren’t just making your home toxic, but also polluting the world’s water sources? A scary article highlighting this global issue was written by Newsweek and you can read it here.
Add: Organic and locally sourced clothing, one piece at a time. Seek out natural moth solutions like cedar essential oil.
Make sure you also get the Detox Your Bedroom Guide below to get rid of all those surprising toxins that you’re sleeping with.