In January of 2018, instead of making the usual resolutions that we’ve given up on by the end of the month, we decided to break it up by dividing some big goals into manageable chunks.
Each month, we invite you to overhaul one aspect of your life to reduce toxins, improve health, and increase your peace of mind. Our promise is that these changes will be easy to implement, helping you avoid resolution overwhelm.
If you’re just joining us, you’ll want to check out:
- January’s mini resolution on upgrading junk foods
- February’s with a medicine cabinet detox
- March’s on improving indoor air quality
- April’s five ways to clean up your cleaning products
- May’s on making your yard non-toxic
- June’s water safety tips
- July’s guide to natural skincare products
- August’s with seven ways to have a healthier pet.
September’s resolution is for those of you who are worried that your existing bed might be dangerous and want to get a toxin-free mattress.
You might be worried about some well-known contaminants, such as flame retardants, phthalates, and other VOCs. We’ve written and frequently updated a comprehensive Safe Mattress Guide, but maybe you still feel confused.
Below are the three scenarios we encounter most often when helping our readers find the best toxin-free mattress for their budget. If none of them fits your situation, comment below and I’ll be happy to help!
1) …want to have the safest toxin-free mattress on the market, and aren’t so worried about cost…
As of this writing, there are only three mattress manufacturers that have top-notch, independent, third-party certifications for their products. We categorize these mattresses as The Best Stuff, and they are:
- Soaring Heart
- Naturepedic (Use code Gimme15 for 15% off on Naturepedic’s site).
- My Green Mattress ($125 off mattresses twin and larger and 15% off the Emily crib and accessories with code gtgs at checkout.)
(At Gimme the Good Stuff, we all sleep on Soaring Heart mattresses ourselves, as we found them to be the most luxurious in terms of comfort.)
2)…are worried about your mattress but can’t afford the ones recommended above…
The following four mattresses, while they do not have the very best certifications of non-toxicity, contain no chemical flame-retardants and seem to be fairly committed to non-toxicity.
What if these are still too expensive?
If you don’t like these four options, or the price is still too high, the next six mattress brands also do not have chemical flame-retardants, but they have even less reliable/rigorous certifications than the ones listed above.
3) …have a toxic mattress but cannot afford to replace it at all…
First, don’t bother trying to wrap the mattress to trap the toxins inside. Our extensive research shows that there is no non-toxic wrap or case for a mattress that can block toxic flame-retardants and VOCs.
Instead, if you are stuck with your potentially toxic mattress for the time being, you can do the following to significantly reduce your exposure to its problematic chemicals.
Invest in a high-quality portable air filter. Running one in the bedrooms will do a lot to not only reduce toxins (particles and VOC’s) from your mattress but will also knock back many other toxins found in your home. Having one on wheels will make moving it from a bedroom to a living area much easier. Start with kids’ rooms first if you’re worried about their mattresses—as you probably know, tiny bodies are more sensitive to a range of toxins!
Get a good true HEPA vacuum cleaner and use it daily in your bedrooms. Older mattresses can contain chemical flame retardants that shed from the mattress throughout its life. They are tiny particles (as opposed to a gas) so they constantly fall to the floor and are easily spread into the air throughout your home. Vacuuming daily with a true HEPA machine is the best solution. Don’t sweep; that will just spread the dust around.
I hope that this helps simplify the process of buying a toxin-free mattress. (Here is another post on making your bedroom a true sanctuary from toxins and radiation.)
Feel free to ask questions below, and for more about why conventional mattresses are so dangerous, and what makes some certifications better than others, read our Safe Mattress Guide.
P.S. We have codes for discounted rates on two of the mattresses mentioned above:
- Use code SAVE50 at checkout for $50 off on LifeKind’s website.
- Get 5% off your entire order at Metta Bed with code GOODSTUFF at checkout.
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