Your bedroom is supposed to be your safe-haven. And with that said, you would absolutely be horrified to know that you have items in there that are potential causes for ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ.
In fact, there are 12 things in your bedroom that can potentially make you sick. Here’s what you can do in your bedroom in order to prevent ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ. Let’s go.
1. Replace Your Pillow Cases with Organic Materials
Most people assume that cotton pillow cases are safe and healthy, contrasted to those made of synthetics, however, that is not always true. Indeed, 25% of the world’s insecticides and 14% of pesticides are used in the production of cotton.
2. Replace or Remove All Artificial Fabrics from Your Bedding, Bedroom, and Closet
Synthetic materials are made from thermoplastics, which release plastic molecules when heated. If you’re wearing wrinkle-free clothes, you are breathing in dangerous formaldehydes, so try to replace them with organic materials.
3. Replace or Remove Artificial Clothes in Your Closet
The base for most synthetic fabrics is a liquid made from coal, oil, or natural gas. The liquid is forced through the fine holes of a nozzle, called a spinneret.
As the liquid emerges from the holes, it is cooled so that it solidifies to form tiny threads. These threads are woven together to make fabric.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, this means one thing – you should opt for clothing made of natural or organic materials.
4. Remove faux\fabric furniture
If you have furniture in your bedroom that’s made from artificial leather, you should immediately replace it with organic materials. Artificial leather contains polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which is considered the most dangerous of all fabrics. It is made more flexible with the use of phthalates which have been known to disrupt the endocrine system. Pillows and cushions that are stain and water resistant are sprayed with toxic chemicals which can cause numerous health problems, so you might want to replace them with organic materials.
5. Remove Particle Board and MDF
Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is an engineered wood product which contains formaldehyde, which can deteriorate any respiratory health issues, such as asthma or lung diseases. It can also damage the membrane of the mucous and trigger contact dermatitis. This substance is related to ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ, especially to throat ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ. Particle board also contains formaldehyde.
6. Remove accent\throw rugs
Wood and tile floors can be cleaned easily and are much better for asthma patients. Many people put small rugs in their bedroom which look great, but collect dirt, dust mites and allergens which can cause problems. These rugs are made from polyester which is produced with antimony, a toxic chemical which may be fatal in some cases. Other dangerous compound found in synthetic carpets and rugs include olefin and nylon.
7. Use No-VOC paint
For painting a room use No-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint. VOCs are unstable, carbon-containing compounds that easily vaporize into the air.
When they enter the air, they react with other elements to produce ozone, which causes air pollution and a host of health issues including breathing problems, headache, burning, watery eyes and nausea.
8. Remove Shoes
Shoes can have traces of pollen, dirt, and other harmful substances and chemicals from the outdoors. Therefore, make sure that you always keep your shoes outside your home, and especially out of your bedroom, so that you protect yourself from these hazardous chemicals.
9. Minimize electrical devices
Avoid putting electrical devices in your bedroom as they have been known to disrupt sleeping patterns.
10. Replace or Cover Your Mattress
Conventional mattresses are sprayed with flame retardant and stain resistant chemicals.
Many mattresses are made of foam that can outgas for years. There are many sources for organic mattresses at local stores and online.
11. Purchase an Air Cleaner
An air cleaner is a device used for filtering dust, soot, and other particles from the air. It is preferable to have an air cleaner for the entire house, but if you can’t afford it, you can always buy a portable one and move it from room to room. Note that, you should buy an air cleaner that doesn’t produce ozone.
12.Remove chemically treated drapes or shades
Drapes and shades are full of dust, pollen and numerous other allergens. Try replacing them with organic materials – if it’s too expensive for you, barter with a friend who can sew curtains. Wood blinds are also a great alternative – if you’re remodeling or moving in a new home, consider the ones that are trapped between the glass.
References: factspedia.org, omanday.com, thenewsnow.co.in