Your bedroom should be an oasis in which you retreat from the world in peace, comfort, and tranquility. It should not be a space in which toxic fumes, harmful chemicals, and health-destroying microbes bombard your body. To keep your bedroom a safe haven, you can invest in an air purifier, bring in some plants, and keep up with vacuuming and dusting. Furthermore, you may want to inspect your sleeping space and remove any of the following items that may be damaging to your health.
12. Air Fresheners
You may enjoy the scent of lilac, apples and cinnamon, or an ocean breeze over the odor of dirty socks and sweat. However, using an air freshener does more than cover up annoying odors. Air fresheners can deliver toxic chemicals into the air you breathe. According to Science Direct, air fresheners emit chemicals that include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde, benzene, and toluene. They also emit semi-volatile compounds such as phthalates. Unfortunately, even products that claim to be all-natural can contain these ingredients. An air purifier may be a better choice than an air freshener.
The carpeting that feels so soft and warm to your toes on a cold winter morning may be harboring dust, dirt, and germs. Despite frequent vacuuming, the fibers in your carpeting can trap illness-causing dust and contribute to respiratory problems. Furthermore, the carpeting, carpet pad, glue, and chemicals used to treat them can contribute to headaches, breathing problems, and fatigue. If you desire wall-to-wall carpeting, seek out products made from natural fibers. Avoid wearing shoes in your bedroom and vacuum frequently using an appliance with a HEPA filter. Alternatives to carpeting include hardwood floors with washable rugs.