There’s a lot of information out there on how to have an organic home, but what about the bedroom? Most of us spend a third of our lives in bed, so it only makes sense to make sure that space is as healthy and toxin-free as possible. Here are 15 steps to creating an organic bedroom:
Start with organic bedding, of course. Organic sheets, as well as organic duvet covers and comforters, are widely available these days, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them. The benefits of organic bedding include better air quality, fewer chemicals off-gassing into the environment, and fewer health issues.
Just make sure that the bedding you buy has GOTS certificate, it is the best standard for organic bedding, the brands worth checking are Organic Textiles, Aizome Bedding and Coyuchi.
Your next step is to look for an organic mattress. Even if you bought organic sheets, there are still chemicals that can off-gas from the mattress itself. Look for a mattress with no added fire retardants and low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) at the very minimum – ideally, it will have none of these things.
Organic mattresses are made of organic cotton, wool, natural latex or even coconut coir and they´re usually free from toxic flame retardant chemicals. There are a lot of great
Another thing that you need to do is replace any non-organic furniture with non-toxic furniture. If you have a desk or a nightstand with drawers, for example, it may be made from pressed wood (MDF) and synthetic varnishes. These have been shown to off-gas harmful chemicals into the air around your bed – not something you want.
Replace these pieces of furniture with those made of natural solid wood with natural wood finishes, such as linseed oil or zero-VOC stains. You can start with a non toxic bed frame and a solid wood dresser.
You’ll also want to consider repainting the walls using a zero- or low-VOC paint. Normal paint contains a number of ingredients that can be unhealthy for you – not to mention damage to the environment.
Look for paint without added titanium dioxide, which is a suspected carcinogen, and also look for paints free from formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds.
Non-toxic paint will help you cut your exposure to common pollutants, making your bedroom a healthier place for you to be.
Since most of us spend 8-10 hours a day in bed, it makes sense to make sure that our bedrooms are as energy-efficient as possible. One of the best ways you can do this is by using energy-saving night lights. If you’re not familiar with these types of lights, they use LED lights and cutting-edge dimmers to help you save energy.
Your bedroom is also a great place to use organic cotton rugs and carpets. Natural rugs and carpets, apart from being free from VOC and formaldehyde, tend to be more durable, which means you’re getting your money’s worth for once!
Natural rugs are available in a variety of colors, patterns and styles, so you shouldn’t have any problem finding one that matches your decorating scheme.
While conventional rugs and carpets can release a number of volatile organic compounds, organic rugs and carpets made of cotton, wool, sisal or jute, are naturally free from harmful chemicals. You can buy them at Boutique Rugs or Safavieh.
One of the most important things you can do is invest in an air purifier. These are great for getting rid of any pollutants in the air around your bed – they’re especially good at filtering out common allergens like pet dander, dust mites or plant pollen.
Air purifiers will help you reduce the amount of VOCs that you breathe in, giving you a better night’s sleep and allowing the air to be the healthiest it can be.
You also need to make sure that you’re wearing organic pajamas when you sleep or at least something made of natural materials with no added chemicals. Pajamas made of GOTS-certified organic cotton are guaranteed to be free from many harmful chemicals and also won’t irritate your skin, which is great if you suffer from sensitive skin.
You can find a wide variety of organic pajamas in a range of styles and colors to suit your needs – whether that means bedtime comfort or something more fun like a fancy dress.
If you want to keep your bedroom chemical-free, you need to invest in a pair of organic slippers. These can be easily and cheaply replaced each year and will keep your feet free from toxic chemicals.
If you want to add a little fun to your slippers, many plush fabric styles are also available.
Why not add a few air purifying plants to your bedroom? You can’t get more organic than that! Plants will help purify your bedroom air and give you a healthier room to sleep in by producing oxygen at night.
The best plants to keep in your bedroom are Snake Plant, known for producing a lot of oxygen at night and Heart Leaf Philodendron, able to absorb formaldehyde from the air.
Conventional candles are packed full of chemicals that can cause asthma, allergies and other respiratory issues. Instead, try some soy candles for a healthier alternative. They contain no petroleum and can be bought in a range of scents and colors, so you’re sure to find something that appeals.
You can also get beeswax candles or coconut candles, which are great for sprucing up your bedroom décor, but they won’t release large amounts of harmful chemicals into the air while burning.
Read More: Pros and Cons of Coconut Wax Candles
While you can’t do anything about the windows in your bedroom, you can make sure that your drapes and curtains are made of organic fabrics. It´s best to get GOTS-certified fabrics, guaranteed to be chemical-free to cut out the risk of exposing yourself to a number of harmful toxins.
These fabrics are also more durable because they haven´t been treated by chemicals that make the fibers weaker and thinner, so you don’t have to worry about replacing them any time soon.
Make sure you have a supply of all-natural cleaning products to hand when it comes to giving your bedroom a thorough clean.
This is because many conventional cleaners contain harmful chemicals that can irritate the skin, eyes and respiratory system if they happen to come into contact with them. Instead, use non-toxic alternatives like vinegar, baking soda, essential oils and lemon juice for a healthier way to clean.
Using non-toxic laundry detergent will help keep your bedding and clothes chemical-free. But if you use a conventional dryer sheet, you are still exposing yourself to the same chemicals you tried to get away from in your bedroom.
Instead of using chemical-laden dryer sheets, invest in natural wool dryer balls which help your clothes dry faster without leaving chemical residues on your laundry.
You spend about 8 hours each night resting your head on your pillows so you need to make sure they are chemical-free. Conventional pillows made of memory foam often contain formaldehyde and VOCs, which are unsafe for both you and the environment.
You can find different types of organic pillows on the market, including buckwheat pillows, natural latex or wool pillows, which also do away with nasty chemical fire retardants that conventional pillows may contain.
If you can’t afford to replace your mattress just yet, you can still do a few things to reduce your contact with toxic chemicals in bed. You can buy an organic mattress pad or topper which guarantees even more comfort and will protect your skin from any harsh chemicals leaching from your mattress from glues, foam and flame retardants.
You can find both toppers and pads that come in a range of natural materials such as wool, latex, and cotton to get the best feel for you. They contain no synthetic materials or foam and you can find ones that fit the exact measurements of your mattress to give it a snug and custom feel.
Another good way to protect your skin from chemicals is by using pillow protectors. If you can´t afford to buy an organic pillow, an organic pillow protector will help you avoid direct contact with harmful chemicals without breaking the bank.
A GOTS-certified pillow protector will help keep your skin safe from formaldehyde, VOCs and other toxic chemicals, which are common ingredients in most pillows.
You can use a mattress protector for an even more comprehensive way to protect your skin. This will help keep any dust mites at bay while protecting your mattress’s surface from spills and stains, which is good for hygiene purposes.
At the same time, it can shield you from harmful chemicals in conventional mattresses by blocking them from being absorbed by your skin. If you cannot afford an organic mattress, be sure to buy a GOTS-certified organic mattress protector made of natural materials.
The bedroom might be one of the few places in your home where you can truly relax. So it is important to make sure that everything in your bedroom, from textiles to cleaning products, is made with organic and natural materials to give a healthy place for you to rest and recharge.
Sleeping in a chemical-free bedroom will help you wake up refreshed and recharged, which means that you will waste less time feeling sluggish or tired throughout the day.
An organic bedroom is one of the best ways to improve your general health while reducing environmental harm.
My name is Kamila, and I'm passionate about researching non-toxic, organic products for the home. I believe it's so important to create a safe and healthy environment for our families, and I enjoy helping others do the same.