Are you getting your best possible beauty sleep? I came across a very interesting article after doing some research on organic bedding. I have several friends who have recently become new mommies, and they were all concerned about purchasing organic mattresses and crib bedding for their new little family members. But, what about the parent’s mattresses and bedding? Are organic sheets and pillow cases enough? As it usually happens, my research on non toxic bedding brought up more questions than answers.
If you do not already have an organic mattress – and for those of you who put up a ton of cash on fancy memory foam mattresses – read this article and let me know your thoughts!
We do not currently own an organic mattress. So…the article’s list of ways to make your non-organic bed less toxic was super helpful. Here it is:
- Keep your bed strictly “pet free”. This will help reduce the amount of pet dander that accumulates on your bed
- Use a high-quality air purification system that employs a HEPA filter, UV & negative ion technologies. This will help reduce your family’s exposure to pet dander.
- Put impermeable organic covers on all of your mattresses and pillows
Bathe your pet(s) as often as you can, preferably at least once a week, with an all-natural dust mite killing shampoo.
- Move litter boxes away from the main air supply or bedroom of your home.
Use a HEPA vacuum cleaner.
- Never sweep or “dust” floors or hard surfaces. This will merely circulate the dust throughout the house. Instead use damp cloths that will attract and hold the dust you’re collecting.
- To minimize pet dander, run a wet cloth over your pet as often as you can, especially after they come in from outside. Another good way to contain loose hair is to brush fur in both directions and then follow with a damp cloth. Keep your home humidity levels low. Use a dehumidifier to keep your air below 50% humidity. Dust mites have a hard time surviving in dry air.
- Wash bedding weekly and use water at about 130° F, to kill any dust mites that may be on your sheets. I would recommend that you use natural laundry detergent. Dry your bedding on high heat as well.