4. Paint Fumes

Paints

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to brighten up your bedroom. Be sure to keep windows and doors open while painting in order to allow proper ventilation. Purchase paints that are free from VOCs when painting the interior of your home. Furthermore, avoid sleeping in a freshly painted bedroom. Wait until the fumes have dissipated before hanging out or settling in for a snooze.

3. Polyurethane Foam Mattresses and Pillows

Foam Mattress

Memory foam mattresses and pillows can be super comfy. However, these products are composed of polyurethane foam, which can give off VOCs. Furthermore, the flame retardants in these mattresses and pillows can emit VOCs. When shopping for a new mattress, Consumer Reports offers advice on choosing between memory foam, traditional innerspring, and adjustable air mattresses.

2. Scented Candles

Scented Candles

If you choose scented candles to create an atmosphere of relaxation in your bedroom, you may be infusing the air with VOCs. Breathing in these chemical fumes can cause headaches, coughing, wheezing, and fatigue. Meanwhile, beeswax candles may help purify the air without giving off the smoke and fumes that can irritate your lungs and cause headaches.


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