Paint, detergents, deodorants, vapors, bacteria, micro-organisms, etc. Even when it seems perfectly clean, our home is always full of potentially harmful substances. At least when going to sleep, we ought to make sure we breath in the “cleanest” air possible.
Sources of domestic pollution
This section could be summarized in just one word: “everything”. Yes, indeed, because any domestic element is potentially the source of unhealthy airborne substances. If we start from the bottom, we definitely have floor solvents (click here for a guide of the Environmental Working Group to have a clearer picture), but just a little farther up we have baseboards, which are often stuck to the wall with glue which can release toxic substances. And let’s not forget sealants for tiles and wooden floor planks.
And then we have walls, with products such as paint (applied after having first used a paint remover) and chemical-based enamels. Laminated plastic, glues, and coloring agents for wood (or its surrogates) used on furniture can also equally release chemical pollutants of all sorts into the air. Even pots and pans, especially if of poor quality, combined with burning gas, are potential sources of air pollution. Not even electric appliances are an exception, as they often release harmful substances through vapors, especially when they’ve been heated up.
And no, not even clothing is neutral in this sense, as detergents and fabric softeners can transfer molecules into the air that we should avoid inhaling. Even what would seem a “scent of cleanliness” like the flush of steam coming out from the dishwasher seconds after it has completed a cycle is not necessarily a paradigm of non-toxicity. And then we have chemical products for water, shampoo, glass detergents, air fresheners… Basically, anything inside the home can cause air pollution!
Quite naturally, hygiene standards grow increasingly stringent, and products available in the market are approved by law for sale, even when it comes to toxic emissions, but it’s never a bad idea to be extra cautious.
Why choose a certified mattress
When we sleep, we breath in close contact with a pillow and mattress. If these items are not toxic-free, the substances they release into the air are inhaled and can lead to health problems.
Natural fibers and substances are the best option in this case to make sure we aren’t sleeping in a harmful environment, and the certification to be on the look-out for is GOTS. Regardless of the raw material used to manufacture them, mattresses and pillows need to be thoroughly processed against harmful emissions. One of the most important certifications in this respect is OEKO TEX.
The way mattresses and pillows contribute to our health, besides ergonomics, can be measured also in terms of what they contribute to the air and not just what they release. Mallow, for example, a material used in some Magniflex products, releases anti-inflammatory substances, whereas linen (it too used by Magniflex in its production) has antibacterial properties, just like silver-based textile fiber does. With these materials, sleeping is not about inhaling toxic substances, but rather about inhaling beneficial ones!