Getting around the Toxic Fire-Resistant’s
As per many country laws, the mattresses are required to contain fire-resistant materials. Unluckily, the cheapest and the most common way to make a mattress fire-resistant is to drench it in toxic chemicals. Luckily, there are a few alternatives available in the market:
Various organic mattresses are available in the market, which pass the fire standards by using wool. Because wool is a fiber and it has natural fire retardant properties. For this purpose, many companies use only pure wool. But some black sheep’s still exist in the mattress industry which use the wool with chemical treatments in order to boost the wool’s fire resistance.
Unfortunately, some of the naturally occurring elements in the sheepskin are thought to create toxic sleeping conditions. However, we cannot say this definitively, but we so believe that organic wool may be different. More on what we discovered about the “naturally occurring” wool chemicals will be discussed later in this article.
Some other workarounds include using boric acid or hydrated silica. We think that using hydrated silica is fine, but we personally would recommend you to avoid boric acid. It may be a great natural way to deal with the roaches, but it is still a roach killer!
Beware of the Misleading Organic Product Labels
Just because a mattress company claims to sell organic mattresses. It does not mean that it is non-toxic. Actually, this depends on the materials used in the mattress. We can call a mattress organic if it contains organic components like organic cotton filling or an organic cotton surface fabric. Some of the organic mattresses have an organic cotton filling with a vinyl covering. Such mattresses have all the right to be called organic mattresses. However, because these mattresses have a vinyl covering and most likely some chemical fire retardants as well, we obviously cannot call them the “Healthy Mattresses”.
Therefore, we recommend you to check into all the materials used in the mattress. Unfortunately, sometimes it can be quite difficult to get full disclosure from the manufacturer or the retailer. You must keep in mind the following things:
Wool covers may be water-resistant but they are not 100% waterproof
Remember that if your mattress has a cotton layer underneath the wool it can get wet and mildew. To avoid this, we advise you to go with a naturally hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, and anti-microbial natural latex mattress. In addition, you can also consider buying an organic mattress with a waterproof layer made of low-density polyethylene.
Latex may contain certain proteins that are allergenic
Latex used in the mattresses is not 100% pure. There is always some chemical processing done to convert the latex into a foam block. Many mattresses are called natural latex, which actually are a blend of natural rubber and toxic chemicals. Therefore, if you want to buy a latex mattress for your baby, you must dig deep to find the mattress that is as pure as possible.
Lastly, if you cannot afford a new non-toxic mattress then it is not wise to replace the old one with a conventional mattress. We probably would not recommend you to do so. Though it contains less fungus and bacteria, but the smell that it comes with is an indication that it is off-gassing tons of chemicals into the air. If we were you, we would rather wrap our old mattresses and start saving for a better one down the road.