Looking to transform your bedroom into a healthy sleep haven? We’ve curated a list of bedroom essentials to help you create a non-toxic sleep environment that supports restful sleep.
As the National Sleep Foundation puts it, getting quality sleep is as important as eating healthily and exercising regularly ― it contributes to overall health. And when it comes to getting restorative sleep, you should prioritize non toxic bedding, non-toxic laundry products, and organically made sleepwear, among other things.
5 Healthy Bedroom Essentials
Adding these 5 essentials to your sleep environment will make it healthier and increase your chances of getting restful shuteye at night.
1. Non Toxic Bedding
It’s difficult to enjoy your time in bed, let alone have a good night’s sleep, if your bedding isn’t safe and comfortable. From mattresses to bed sheets, pillows, pillow cases, and blankets, you want to make sure these bedding materials are sleep-friendly.
Keep in mind that the bedding’s price tag, craftsmanship, durability, and comfort don’t automatically guarantee the absence of toxic substances. While these qualities are great, you don’t want to spend up to 8 hours or more every night exposed to potentially harmful chemicals. For this reason, it is important to choose chemical-free and sustainably-made bedding products.
Chemical-free and organic bedding usually don’t contain synthetic dyes, flame retardants, formaldehyde, and other harmful substances commonly used in manufacturing conventional bedding. While these chemical finishes can give or enhance certain properties (think fire-resistance or no-wrinkle), they may cause a wide range of health problems like skin sensitivities, allergies, and respiratory issues.
Investing in chemical-free bedding products reduces the off-gassing of harmful fumes in your sleep haven, allowing you to sleep better.
On the other hand, sustainably-made bedding materials are those made with the health of the planet in mind. The raw materials ― the plants used in making non toxic bedding ― are grown without synthetic fertilizers, harmful pesticides, or other substances and toxic chemicals that can harm the environment.
In addition to reducing the environmental impact, choosing sustainable bedding made with organic and natural materials minimizes exposure to potentially harmful substances.
Here are some chemical-free, sustainably-made non toxic bedding materials to consider:
- Organic cotton or bamboo fibers (great choice for non toxic sheets and comforters)
- Natural silk, wool, linen, or buckwheat hull (excellent choices for a non toxic pillow)
- Certified organic cotton, natural latex, organic bamboo, or organic wool (best options for a non toxic mattress)
2. Non Toxic, Fragrance Free Skincare Products
When designing a healthy haven, it is important to factor in non-toxic, fragrance-free skin care products. The products that go on our skin can either enhance the skin and promote a healthier sleep environment or damage our skin and contaminate the overall air quality and ambiance in our bedroom.
Remember these important tips when choosing skincare products:
- Consider moisturizers, toners, and cleansers formulated with organic or natural ingredients. Avoid skincare products containing sulfates, parabens, and artificial fragrances because these ingredients will likely impact your sleep space negatively besides causing skin irritations.
- Choose fragrance-free skincare products for your bedtime routine to reduce the risk of triggering sensitivities. The more you can keep your sleep haven free from unnecessary fragrances, the higher your chances of enjoying a night of restful sleep.
Incorporating gentle, natural skincare products into your bedtime routine creates a serene atmosphere in your bedroom that supports restorative sleep.
3. Non Toxic Oral Hygiene Products
While oral hygiene products don’t typically fall into “bedroom essentials,” they are an important part of our bedtime routine and contribute to a good night’s sleep. In addition to promoting good oral health, consciously choosing oral care products can contribute to a healthier sleep oasis.
Consider the following simple but effective ways to incorporate non-toxic oral care products into your bedtime routine:
- Use chemical-free toothpaste: Many traditional toothpaste products contain sulfates, artificial sweeteners, and other potentially harmful and toxic chemicals. To create and maintain a truly non-toxic bedroom, opt for toothpaste products made with plant-based extracts and organic ingredients. This will limit the presence of harmful toxins in your sleep environment.
- Opt for eco-friendly toothbrushes: Natural toothbrushes made from plant-based materials like bamboo and beech wood are biodegradable and safer than synthetic options. Remember to choose an eco-friendly toothbrush with BPA-free bristles to create a healthier and more eco-conscious sleep haven.
- Choose natural lip balm: Go for a lip balm made with natural ingredients like shea butter, beeswax, or plant-based oils. These will naturally nourish, hydrate, and protect your lips better than products containing synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, and petroleum-based ingredients.
4. Organically Made Sleepwear
As you probably know from firsthand experience, the cloth you wear while sleeping has plenty to do with the quality of sleep you get. Besides being more comfortable, organically made sleepwear reduces the risk of skin irritations and allergies.
From comfy nighties and pajamas to cozy socks and soothing eye masks, make sure to choose options made from natural fibers like organic cotton, bamboo, or silk. These are usually breathable and gentler on the skin.
Avoid sleepwear made with synthetic materials or those containing artificial dyes, especially if you have allergies or when choosing sleepwear for babies and people with sensitivities.
Remember, when you opt for organically made sleepwear, you are not just getting personal benefits but also supporting sustainable and ethical practices in the textile industry.
5. Healthy Sleep Snacks
For many, creating a bedtime routine that supports restful sleep is all about comfy bedding and a soothing ambiance. But designing a healthy haven that promotes quality sleep also involves choosing the right nighttime snacks, as doing so prepares the body for a rejuvenating sleep.
Here are a few pointers when it comes to healthy sleep snacks:
- Nighttime tea: These teas are specially formulated to promote relaxation and deep sleep. Typically, they are made using herbs with calming properties like lavender, passion flower, chamomile, and valerian root. Because they are caffeine-free, nighttime teas allow your body to unwind naturally.
- Sleep gummies: Usually, sleep gummies contain sleep-inducing ingredients like melatonin, CBD, L-theanine, and other herbal extracts. These gummies can soothe your body in preparation for restful sleep.
- Choose organic teas: Not all nighttime teas are created equal. To avoid exposure to pesticides and other potentially dangerous chemicals, opting for organic varieties and options free from sweeteners and artificial flavors is best.
- Opt for natural sleep gummies: When choosing sleep gummies, look for options formulated with natural flavors and sweeteners. You want to avoid gummies with a ton of artificial ingredients or high amounts of added sugars.
Remember to consult your doctor before incorporating sleep gummies into your bedtime routine, especially if you have any existing health issues or have concerns about consuming CBD-infused products.
In any case, remember to take sleep snacks in moderation, as consuming excessive amounts of teas or gummies before sleep might affect sleep quality.
5 Things to Look for When Choosing Healthy Bedroom Essentials
First, pay attention to the product materials. Avoid foams made from polyurethane, polyester, and other synthetic materials, as they usually contain harmful chemicals. Opt for a non toxic mattress, pillow, or sheet made with natural and organic materials like bamboo, buckwheat, and natural latex.
Whether you are purchasing a non toxic pillow, sheet, or mattress, look for relevant certifications indicating the non-toxic nature of the product. Keep an eye out for certifications like Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and Greenguard Gold.
3. Chemical free products
Pay attention to the product description and choose products that say “free from harmful additives” or “chemical-free.” It is usually a good idea to steer clear of bedding containing phthalates, formaldehyde, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
4. Third-party testing
With more people opting for eco-friendly products, many manufacturers now slap green-sounding labels on their products. To avoid falling for this marketing trick, make sure to choose non toxic bedding that has undergone independent testing to validate its eco-friendly or non-toxic claims. Look for third-party testing from reputable organizations like CertiPUR-US.
5. Ease of maintenance
Lastly, consider how easy it is to clean and maintain the non-toxic essentials you choose for your bedroom. Consider choosing products that don’t require harsh cleaning agents to clean.
Maintaining Non Toxic Bedding with EnviroKlenz Laundry Products
Just as it’s important to invest in non toxic bedding, cleaning them with chemical-free, earth-based laundry products is equally crucial. Most conventional laundry products are packed with chemical ingredients that may contaminate the air in your sleep haven, making them unsuitable for cleaning non-toxic sheets, pillowcases, and other bedroom textiles.
We recommend EnviroKlenz non-toxic laundry products for keeping your bedding sets sparkling clean and odor-free. Besides getting rid of dirt and fighting stains, our non-toxic laundry products are designed to prolong the natural lifespan of bedding materials and bedroom textiles.
And because they don’t contain harsh chemicals, fragrances, or artificial dyes, our laundry products are generally safe for everyone, including those with sensitivities.
Why Choose EnviroKlenz Laundry Products?
EnviroKlenz is a trusted name when it comes to providing non-toxic laundry products, as well as solutions for improving indoor air quality.
Using our earth-based odor-eliminating technology, we formulate a wide range of safe laundry detergents that are highly effective at removing stains and fighting odors without compromising indoor air quality.
Unlike conventional options, our laundry products do not mask odors nor contain synthetic fragrance or artificial scents. Many of our customers rate our products very highly, and the reason is simple: our laundry products do not contain harmful chemicals or toxic ingredients.
One of our many satisfied customers with chemical sensitivities says our laundry products “make living in a toxic world possible.” Another happy customer says our laundry enhancer liquid detergent “is the ONLY thing that took the raunchy dye smell out of black Jeans.” And the outstanding result was just after the first wash!
If you’re looking to create a healthy bedroom environment free of fumes from laundry products, check out our non-toxic laundry supplies.
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