Your mattress is the most important piece of furniture in your house. Let’s face it what other article in your home do you have as much contact with than your mattress?
The average person spends 6-8 hours every day in their bed. That’s about ⅓ of your life! The mattress is also the only piece of furniture where your face is literally inches away breathing whatever is inside it.
It’s hard to say what is inside every mattress, but there are 3 things that can be found in about 95% of mattresses (especially the mainstream and online companies) that can have a negative effect on your health. If you are sensitive to chemicals or have immune system issues, these are the 3 things I would avoid in your mattress.
- Polyurethane Foam. – Since the 1970s polyurethane replaced cotton and natural rubber as the go-to material for padding inside mattresses. It is very inexpensive to make and very easy to mass produce. However, since polyurethane is a petrochemical it is laden with chemicals that can off-gas.
- Glues/Adhesives– On average the typical mattress has anywhere from 2-7 layers of padding. To keep these layers from shifting, mattress companies usually glue these layers together. The problem with gluing these layers together are the many chemicals that are found in adhesives. In some cases, you can still smell the glue many days after it has been delivered.
- Chemical-Based Fire Retardants– Since 2007, a federal law was passed that mandated every mattress must pass the fire test. While that law might have solved one problem it opened up the door to a host of many other problems regarding people’s health. A couple of the dozens of chemicals that are used in most fire retardants are Formaldehyde and Antimony Trioxide which both have shown to be carcinogens.