How to create a non-toxic bed

How to create a toxin-free bed

In my previous blog, I talked about how mattress chemicals can hurt your pet’s health, a few chemical-free mattresses to buy and Why it’s important.

Your bedding can release toxins that can affect the health of your pet even if they sleep on their own non toxic cat bed or dog bed.

In this blog, I will go over a few options for sustainable bedding like plant-based pillows, earth friendly sheets, Certified Organic comforter, bedding lifespan, and bedding hygiene tips.

The wrong pillow can cause neck pain & shoulder pain

If you don’t want to spend $500+ trying to find the perfect pillow, then stick with me and we’ll go over a few things to help you pick the best pillow for you! Yes, it’s possible to spend that much buying multiple pillows or in my case, chiropractor visits and pillows. Sleeping with the “wrong” pillow too long left me with a stiff neck, pain in my shoulder and hand pain & numbness (carpal tunnel) that lasted for months.

The first pillow I tried was a certiPUR shredded foam pillow because it is free of PBDE’s and flame retardants, it’s an adjustable pillow, and has a dust mite resistant cover. Unfortunately, I ran into a few pitfalls. Although CertiPur certification limits how many toxins there can be, my pillow did smell forcing me to air it out for a few days before I was able to use it. I used it for about 6 months and then I woke up with a stiff neck. Weeks later I realized the pillow is sensitive to cold temperatures. Meaning if your home gets 65 degrees or below, the pillow will harden up.

NonToxicpillows: Plant-based Cruelty-Free

Plant-based pillows have various filling options and many are dust mite resistant!

Non-toxic pillows: Plant-based pillows last longer than synthetic pillows

Weeks of neck pain sent me on a search again. I started looking for more pillow options which led me to a whole new world of pillows that I had not even been aware of. The best part is plant-based pillows can last up to 15 years… making them a worthwhile investment!

You have your choice of plant-based pillow fillings and sizes from a standard pillow to king pillow. Other options available are a body pillow that can be used as a pregnancy pillow and a travel pillow (also known as a toddler pillow). I didn’t go with a buckwheat pillow only because I didn’t know if it would be noisy but I have talked to people who love this type of pillow. Please note plant based pillows can weigh 4 to 12 lbs.

A vegan pillow that feels like a down pillow

I was searching for a cruelty-free alternative to down pillows and that’s when I came across this pillow (left pillow, in the picture above). It is said to be the best alternative to a down pillow and it works well for me as a side sleeper.

The fiber naturally repels moisture, contains natural compounds which make it unattractive to dust mites, comes from a tree that can grow up to 200 feet tall and maybe an alternative for people who suffer from allergies. This is not new, it was used in Life vests and it was a popular pillow choice for many years. One possible reason for the decline in popularity is it was considered flammable. This did not deter me since many things are flammable and I don’t burn candles but I do get the bonus of a chemical-free pillow.

As someone who is sensitive to smells, I tested the pillow by putting my face practically inside the pillowcase. Actually, I got a little too close and I got some in my nose. LOL. My initial reaction was “that’s not bad,” meaning there was no offensive odor. If you’re interested in this pillow, you should know there are other versions of this pillow that combines two fillings one of which is GOTS latex and there is also a pillow shaped for side-sleepers.

Many bamboo sheets are NOT eco-friendly

The original definition of eco-friendly was not harmful to the environment. Overtime many terms have been used interchangeably like environmentally friendly, Earth-friendly or green. Greenwashing has become an issue that more people are becoming aware of and the FTC is trying to crack down on this in the textile industry.

Bamboo in its original form is a fast-growing plant and requires no pesticides and little water. However, this where being eco-friendly may end. Many bamboo sheets are not 100% bamboo, and they are mixed with another fiber which is likely not eco-friendly. Next, the manufacturing process uses chemicals to break down the fibers to make your finished product and the manufacturer may introduce chemicals to the surrounding environment. Finally, if the bamboo comes from China, it may be exposed to more chemicals during import or export if the shipping container has been fumigated and then there is the environmental impact of transporting it from China to you.

These lyocell sheets are environmentally friendly sheets

No more twisting and turning your fitted sheet several times to get it right.

Sheet tag, left corner tag.

After many hours of searching for chemical free sheets, I came across a companies website. Their website is so funny that I found myself laughing like I was watching funny videos. The funny nature of the website got my attention but more importantly, it answered questions I had about the manufacturing process.

These sustainable sheets are made from the wood of the eucalyptus tree. Unlike other manufacturing processes, this process only uses 1 chemical, the chemical is given a “B” rating by EWG and the process does not expose the environment to chemicals as they are recaptured in a closed-loop process. You may have heard of these sheets referred to as Tencel sheets, which is actually a brand. I also like that they plant a tree with each sale. *discount code below.

Lyocell sheet benefits: These Eucalyptus lyocell sheets are Oeko-Tex 100 certified, temperature regulating, moisture-wicking, dust mite resistant, antimicrobial, no static, less prone to odor and feel soft.

Eucalyptus and pets: For those of you who are worried whether eucalyptus is safe or not for your dog, my understanding is this may only become an issue if a pet eats the leaves or when they’re exposed to eucalyptus oil. You will be happy to know these sheets do not smell like eucalyptus. If they did I would have noticed since I have a sensitive nose.

2 Extra benefits: Dog hair don’t care, is my thoughts when it comes to my clothes but not my sheets. I was told by the CEO, nice guy, dog hair comes off these sheets really easily. Also, they have a sheet tag that says left corner which makes making your bed so much easier! No more taking your sheet on and off or turning the sheet around multiple times to put the fitted sheet on correctly. Woohoo!

Shipping: You have two options, both are free. You can buy from Amazon or buy directly from the company to receive your discount on Eucalyptus sheets. Discount code: happytrails for 15% off Get some sheets!

Lyocell Duvet Cover: The same company who makes my sheets now has a duvet cover that is machine washable! No more taking your duvet cover to the dry cleaner and exposing yourself or pets to nasty chemicals. The duvet cover is OEKO-TEX and FKT certified.

Update: It’s official, these sheets have ruined all other sheets for me. I was putting on my bamboo sheets when I found myself looking for the “left corner tag.” I was getting frustrated but then I realized that this pair of sheets don’t have that handy little tag. 🙁 Dang it. Also, I felt like I slept hotter with my bamboo sheets vs. lyocell sheets. I am not the only one who likes these sheets, they have been featured in Real Simple, BuzzFeed, Forbes, and Gizmodo.

GOTS Organic comforter that you can wash at home

I had difficulty finding this because many websites stated they had organic comforters when they really had organic duvets, which I found misleading. Also, many comforters were a solid color which is fine but I wanted something with a pattern. I was about to give up when I finally found this organic comforter to complete my bedroom detox. The comforter is made up of an organic outer shell and the inner fill is made from recycled polyester (certified to the Global Recycling Standard). This women-owned business is a leader in sustainable lifestyles and their products have several certifications such as No Animal testing, Fair Trade, GOTS, and Oeko-Tex.

Bedding lifespan and bedding hygiene tips

Plant-based pillows can last up to 15+ years whereas synthetic pillows need to replaced anywhere from a few months to 24 months. The reason is the structural integrity of pillows will break down and your pillow could be full of things like dust mites, sweat, drool, oils, and dead skin. Washing your pillow is generally suggested 2-3 x’s a year if you use pillow protectors. Pillowcases and pillow protectors should be removed and washed weekly. Note: Plant-based filling should not be washed. Instead, remove the outer pillowcase and wash the case only.

Mattress lifespan: Toxin free Mattresses can last up to 10 years before it needs to be replaced. One determining factor that might lead you to replace your mattress earlier is your health. As your health changes, your body may not tolerate pressure as well. Some mattress hygiene tips are: 1) air out your bed by pulling back the sheets and comforter each day to let it breathe and 2) vacuum your mattress using your vacuum attachments a minimum of several times a year. People with allergies or asthma may find this really helpful.

Comforters can last up to 15 years if cared for as they don’t support the bodyweight like pillows and mattresses. Comforters generally don’t need to be washed as frequently as they are the furthest from your skin, providing you use a top sheet and/or a blanket under the comforter.

General bedding hygiene tips: 1) Follow the washing instructions on the label on your sheets and other bedding to extend their lifespan. 2) NIEH suggests freezing non-washable bedding overnight to kill dust mites. 3) Fabric softener and dryer sheets are not recommended for every wash as it reduces the fabric breathability and absorbency. <— That was news to me. 4) Keep the humidity level at or below 50%. Keeping the humidity level down is also helpful in preventing fleas.

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One Response to “Non-toxic bedding is healthier for your pets”

  1. Deena says:

    Very helpful information for when I need it ! Thank you!

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