12 Common Bedroom Items that Are Secretly Toxic

12 Common Bedroom Items that Are Secretly Toxic

Carpets

That lush, cushy carpet under your feet may cause multiple health problems. A review of research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health shows that carpeted floors have been linked to respiratory irritation and infections, asthma, headaches, and fatigue. It's not clear, however, what's causing these conditions. One likely culprit: VOC emissions from synthetic fibres, adhesives, padding, and chemical treatments. But there's more to it than that. "The issue with wall-to-wall carpets goes beyond the off-gassing of VOCs—they are a sink of pollutants that remain in the home," says McElroy. "Carpets collect dust, allergens, and pollutants, and these can also be re-suspended with vacuuming and even by walking or playing on them."

Cleaning products can also accumulate in the fibres of the rug. If you have your heart set on a carpet, the EWG recommends choosing one with more natural and sustainable fibres, such as wool, using certified low-VOC adhesives, letting it air out sufficiently when installed, taking off shoes when inside, and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter.

12 Common Bedroom Items that Are Secretly Toxic, Source:https://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-you/health/toxic-bedroom-items/