Your bedroom is your haven. A sacred space that you spend the most important hours of your day – your sleeping hours. That is a considerable amount of time to justify why you should detox your bedroom. The benefits (or associated risks with not) detoxifying your bedroom are plentiful.
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Detoxifying your bedroom will have a huge impact on your sleep quality and health. Toxins are not visible and this is why it could be so dangerous. Toxins in the bedroom can over time, affect our skin health, respiratory health and sleep quality; sometimes these are very noticeable symptoms that you carry but don’t understand the main causes.
We will not go into how important each of these are… because I’m assuming you know this already. If not – go to ecoasia.org (because they plant trees when you use their search engine) and do your own search.Follow
According to Healthline, “modern furnishings, synthetic building materials, and even your own carpet may carry more chemicals than expected. These chemicals can make up to 90 percent of indoor air pollution.”
What does it mean to detox the bedroom?
It means eliminating all possible toxins such as chemicals and synthetics that could cause many skin and respiratory issues we are challenged with. To detox the bedroom also means the purify the air from any airborne bacteria that may be lurking and it also means surrounding your space with genuine and natural materials.
Where are toxins found in the bedroom and what alternatives are available?
Detox your bed.
Let’s start from the most obvious. Your bed is made of various components. The easiest and quickest to tackle now is your bed linen. Synthetic fibres, like polyester, are often riddled with chemicals and plastic origin micro-fibres. These micro-fibres are released with wear and tear and can be involuntarily inhaled, causing irritations to your lungs and sinuses.
Detoxify your bed linen: Make sure your bed linen is made from natural and organic plant textiles like these GOTS Certified Organic Bed Sheet Set (as pictured above) or these 100% Organic Linen Sheet Set. Use natural laundry detergent to wash your bed linen and clothes.
What’s in your mattress?
Unfortunately, the very mattress that you spend a decade sleeping on (on average) is probably far from pure. Most mattresses on the market contain flame retardants (polyurethane, PBDEs, formaldehyde and boric acid); whilst these keep you safe from catching fire (that would be dreadful indeed), they also contain harmful chemicals such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs. This chemical is not bound in the foam and other synthetic materials of the mattress and therefore leaks out quite easily. Although this toxic flame retardant was banned by the EU in 2002, many products like phones, furniture and US-made mattresses (prior to 2012) may still contain PBDEs.
Detoxify your mattress: Look for a mattress that is GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) Certified and/or GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) Certified like this GOTS certified organic mattress.
If you cannot afford to buy a new mattress now – opt for an organic mattress pad cover. This clever pad creates a safety net between your potentially chemical-filled mattress and your delicate sleeping body. Opt for natural and organic plant textiles such as Hemp & Flax Mattress Cover Pad.
About GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) Certification: The certifying body ensures a minimum of 70% organic fibres can become GOTS certified.
About GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) Certification: To achieve GOLS certification, a product must contain more than 95% of certified organic raw material. GOLS outlines requirements for latex products (especially in the sleep industry) made from organic raw materials, as well as for material from non-organic origins.
Detox your walls
Interior paints are contributors to indoor pollution. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), toxic chemicals, can slowly release for years after its application. Paint manufacturers are now offering a more “green” alternative made with natural raw ingredients like natural latex, plant oils and resins and plant dyes with a low percentage of VOCs.
Detoxify your walls: Opt for low VOC paint. Check out these top 10 low toxic paints. Sustainable and natural textiles are not only limited to bedding and cushions. Decorate your walls with non-toxic art that use plant-based textiles that create a serene atmosphere and more natural elements. I particularly quite like Conejo & Co Zorro’s Flax linen wall art available at Made Trade and Marina Vaptzarova’s natural textiles handmade wall art (available on order).
Purify the Air
Poor indoor air quality is a result of many contributors including what I have already listed above. Again, I turn to nature to purify the air from microbial bacteria and odours.
Detox the air: Add an indoor plant like these air-purifying plants.
Diffuse Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils: Use the potent cleansing properties of essential oils such as Melaleuca or Purify (essential oil blend). Diffuse a few drops (4-6) in a diffuser to cleanse the air and remove any odour.
Essential oils are very versatile and are used to clean, cleanse and purify. Essential oils are also effective to support your emotions and the atmosphere you want to create. For a restful sleep consider diffusing a few drops of Lavender essential oil before you sleep.
Consider an Air Purifier: Before you head to your nearest home appliances store, have a look at these tips for buying an eco-friendly air purifier.
Detox & Minimise carpets and rugs
Our carpets are central breeding centres for disease and bugs and all things not nice! Did you know that a person sheds about 1.5 million skin flakes an hour, most of which becomes embedded in our carpets? Say What?! Check out more of these fun facts about carpets. Back to the topic – carpets are a big no-no for allergy sufferers and anyone for that matter. Whilst they’re good at keeping your toes warm in the cold months, these nowadays highly synthetic and chemical-ridden carpets and filled with micro bacteria and germs that we just do not want to be breathing in at night.
Detoxify your carpet: Keep carpets to a minimum and only keep natural fibre carpets like this merino wool and naturally dyed bedroom rug or this handmade nettle fibre carpet (as seen above).
Use natural carpet cleaner: simply add 10 drops of doTERRA’s Purify blend to 2 cups of baking soda. Stir until well combined. Sprinkle the mixture on the carpet and let it sit for 1-2 hours. Vacuum clean the carpet and let odours and microbes be gone! Store the remaining in an airtight container (use a recycled glass jar from one of your sauces!) in the fridge.
Tech Detox – Remove Equipment.
Our exposure to radiation is steadily increasing. From mobile phones, gadgets, medical products, remote controls, wireless internet and so many more. Read more about how radiation is impacting your sleep quality. This article reports, “The (radiation) waves cause a disruption in the body’s cells, making it difficult for the body to function normally. This is why insomnia often occurs as a side effect, simply because EMF waves can interfere with the production of sleep hormones as well as others.”
Eliminate technology: Remove any televisions, mobile phones, chargers and devices that may contribute to releasing low-level radiation waves.
Green Clean & Detoxify
When cleaning your bedroom use products that are free of chemicals. Most household detergents are packed with toxic chemicals (known) and most chemicals that are not even enforced to be listed! So – do yourself and your health a favour, use natural plant-based surfactants like doTERRA’s On Guard Cleaner Concentrate or make your own cleaning products (don’t get overwhelmed they are super easy to make and have changed my life!).
Get a restful sleep with essential oils: Before getting into bed, spray your pillow and sheets with lavender water. Add 12 drops of doTERRA Lavender essential oil and 1 cup water in a spray bottle and spray over your bed linen.
Keep Shoes Out.
There’s a reason why in most Eastern cultures shoes are removed before entering the house. Shoes that we wear outdoors are constantly picking up various bacteria, dirt and toxins that could be detrimental to your health. Walk on your carpet with shoes and the bacteria infestations begin! Here are more reasons to remove your shoes before entering the home.
Mould accumulating is never good. Not only is it a sore sight but it also has significant impacts on our health. Make sure to keep your bedroom well ventilated and take advantage of sunny days to open up the windows and allow air to pass through your wardrobes. Use a dehumidifier from time to time and diffuse with Purify Essential Oil Blend or Melaleuca.
Try this DIY chemical-free anti-mould spray: 1 cup white vinegar, 20 drops Melaleuca essential oil, 10 drops Lemon essential oil (or peppermint or oregano). Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray the affected area and let it dry completely for around 1 hour. Using a protective face mask and gloves and natural cloth, wipe off.