Emma Elwin

Notes from a Swedish stylist

The Bedroom Detox

Posted in Life
by Emma Elwin on 18 January, 2018

Duvet cover and pillowcase, Ogland.

For the most of us, the bedroom is a safe haven. A quiet place for the mind to rest where we recharge our batteries. It’s a room where we spend so much of our down time, and the place where the body is to recover.
When I found out that I was pregnant I started reading about the chemicals that we have all around us in our homes, and was shocked when I realized that the bedroom can potentially house a slew of health-damaging toxins, including chemicals from our mattress, bedding and paint, electromagnetic fields from our technology, and pollutants from the air.
These toxins can give symptoms such as nagging fatigue, skin irritations and rashes, respiratory conditions and even insomnia, and denies the body the chance to detoxify and regenerate while sleeping. In other words: most bedrooms need a good detox!

Here are some of the tricks I’ve learned on the way to a better night’s sleep:

The sheets

Most of us spend between five to nine hours in our bedding, and this might expose us to many chemicals. The non-organic cotton has in most cases been sprayed with large amounts of chemical fertilizers and pesticides that are not only damaging to the people growing the cotton and to the environment, but follows the fabric all the way to your bed too. Non-organic sheets are often treated with formaldehyde to make them wrinkle-free, which is a cancer-causing chemical. Another bad guy is polyester, which you can also find in beddings sometimes. Regular polyester is made from petroleum, which can also off-gas chemicals.

So what to do? Invest in 100% organic cotton, organic silk or bamboo sheets. We recently got organic cotton sheets from the brand Ogland, which in my opinion is the best sheets you can get!

The Mattress

The conventional mattresses are in most cases made with synthetic materials. These materials sometimes contain really bad toxins such as PBDEs, formaldehyde, polyurethane and boric acid. Some of these chemicals are used as flame-retardants but pose a significant health risk, and this is what I find scary. The studies have linked flame-retardants, such as PBDEs, to thyroid disruption, memory and learning problems, delayed mental and physical development, advanced puberty, reduced fertility and even cancer. These horrible chemicals are so invasive that they are even showing up in human breast milk.

The best mattress you can get for yourself is one made out of natural materials. Look for one crafted from organic cotton, wool or natural latex. We got a futon made of organic cotton and coconut fiber and a bed mattress made from organic cotton. Best investment I ever made!

The air

Studies have shown that the inside air of our homes, and especially our bedrooms, contain a multitude of toxins. One of these is VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Carpets, walls, furniture, synthetic candles, pet dander, cleaning supplies are some of the places you can find these toxins and can be an underlying cause of more serious health conditions as well.

The easiest way to clean the indoor air is to air the rooms every day; try to avoid furniture that has been treated with flame-retardants and other toxins; only use organic paint or flaxseed oil paint indoors. Some argue to get an electric air cleaner but I have chosen to get some air cleaning plants instead. I have listed the best ones here!

1 Comment

Ellinor: Hej. Är ute efter en futon själv, vart köpte ni eran och bäddmadrassen?
February 12, 2018

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