10. Dust-Laden Pillows
It is easy to overlook your pillows when performing your cleaning chores. Unfortunately, dust and germs may inhabit the pillow that cradles your head each night. Spending the night sleeping on a dusty, dirty pillow doesn’t make for a healthful night of slumber. Martha Stewart advises using zippered pillow protectors to keep dirt, oil, dust, and allergens out of your pillows. Wash and dry your pillows twice a year to keep them clean and hygienic. Depending on the quality of your pillows, you may need to replace them every two years. High-quality pillows may last as long as 10 to 15 years.
9. Formaldehyde-Infused Furniture
Cheap furniture may be held together with formaldehyde-containing glue. The Agency for Toxic Substances warns that furniture made from particleboard, fiberboard, and plywood may contain formaldehyde as well. Furthermore, some of the paints that manufactures use on wooden furniture may contain this volatile compound. To decrease your exposure to formaldehyde, choose furniture made without urea-formaldehyde glues. Look for labels that state a product contains no VOCs or is low in VOCs. If you have purchased a product with a strong odor, allow it to sit outside to air out and release fumes before placing it in your bedroom.
8. Furniture Treated with Flame Retardants
While it is important to protect yourself against fire while sleeping, furniture treated with flame retardants can give off noxious fumes. The National Institutes of Health warns that flame retardants may be linked to thyroid problems, reproductive issues, cancer, and learning disorders. Flame retardants contain compounds such as bromine, chlorine, phosphorus, nitrogen, and boron. Children are particularly susceptible to the damaging effects of these chemicals. Check the labels before purchasing upholstered furniture and avoid products that contain flame retardants. Keep upholstered furniture treated with flame retardants out of your bedrooms.