How Toxic is Your Bedroom?
Sleep is the time when your body attempts to repair and restore itself from the day’s onslaught of stressors, toxins, chemicals, junk food and other adversaries. What you may not know is there might be many toxins lurking in your bedroom. These toxins are contaminating the environment that should be promoting health and healing.
Quick and Easy Ways to Detoxify Your Bedroom
Do you have scented candles, potpourri, perfumes, or other scented “air fresheners” in your bedroom? Ensure all air fresheners are naturally scented. Many scented candles, potpourri, and perfumes may smell nice, but put off chemicals that are harmful to your body. Natural air fresheners made from essential oils are safer. You can find recipes for these on the Internet.
You can also clean the air with one or two large houseplants, and be sure to change your air conditioner filter every month. If you do not live near a heavy-traffic area, open your windows whenever possible. The levels of air pollution are often much higher indoors than outdoors.
Do you have electrical devices with cords including TVs, laptops, clocks, phones, and radios in your bedroom? Reduce the number of electrical devices and cords, and use a battery-operated clock. Electrical devices generate electric and magnetic fields that may be harmful to your health.
Do you use conventional, store-bought household cleaners or detergents in your bedroom? Use natural cleaners for the floor, windows, and furniture; and use chemical-free laundry detergent for your pajamas and bed linens. It is very easy to find recipes for natural household cleaners on the Internet or you can purchase them at health food stores. Ridding your bed clothing of chemicals is a great way to promote detoxification.
More Ways to Detoxify Your Bedroom
The following tips cost a little more, but are worth considering because they go a long way in promoting good health.
Do your pajamas, bed linens, mattress, or pillows contain synthetic fibers? Avoid sleeping in clothing made with synthetic fibers. A natural fiber like cotton is best, and organic cotton is even better. Fabrics that are chemically treated and/or labeled “permanent press” or “wrinkle free” are the most harmful.
Replace your sheets and mattress pad with ones made of natural or organic fibers. Consider replacing your mattress with a hypoallergenic bed. Pillows should also be filled with natural fibers.
Is your bedroom carpeted? Choose flooring not made with chemicals. Ceramic tile and wood are your best options, but if you prefer carpet, it should be made from a natural fiber that is manufactured without chemicals. Organic carpeting is becoming more popular. Vacuums with HEPA filters are preferred, and it is wise to vacuum carpet at least twice per week.
Use these tips to determine your bedroom’s level of toxicity, and take steps to create an environment that supports optimal restoration.