Do you know that indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air?

We spend 30% to 40% of our time in the bedroom, according to the American Time Use Survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s where our bodies and minds rest and rejuvenate, and where we find respite from the outside world’s toxins and stressors. Toxins in your bedroom can affect your sleep quality and interfere with your nervous system. The best approach to creating a healthy indoor environment is to minimize the things in the room that can contaminate the air. Here’s a few ways to eliminate the toxins in your rooms.

You may not be aware that paints and finishes are often the culprit to the poor indoor air quality. VOC paint is toxic. Generally, wallpaper that have low VOCs are also moisture, mold, and mildew resistant, which eliminates further hazards to human health. Improving the indoor air quality of your home for you and your family should be a priority to prevent unnecessary exposure to harmful gases that can lead to a range of illnesses.

When selecting flooring, steer clear of synthetic wall-to-wall carpets, which can emit VOC’s and gather hard-to-clean dust mites and mold. Tile, wood, and linoleum are healthful choices; you can soften them with washable wool or cotton area rugs. If you opt for wall-to-wall-carpet, choose one with a low pile made of wool, nylon, or polyester.

 

To reduce the chance of these chemicals affecting you and your family, select bedding, curtains, mattresses, and furniture covers made with organically grown cottons and linens. Look for products that use wool, which does not easily burn, as a flame retardant. Choose mattresses containing foam made from natural rubber instead of polyurethane. Stay away from pads made with soft plastics.

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