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Is your bedroom toxic?

Most of us view our bedroom as an escape from the toxic nature of the outside world; a serene safe-haven.  After all, we spend up to a third of our lives sleeping there (teenagers, even more!).  But shockingly, according to government bodies (including the Australian Goverment Department of Environment, and the EPA), the accumulation of gasses, chemicals, mould and other toxins mean that indoor air can be more polluted than outside.

To make sure your pillow-covered paradise isn’t harming your health, try these easy detox tips.

1. Throw open those curtains
They say sunlight is the best disinfectant and there is certainly plenty of truth in that. In order to keep excess moisture to a minimum, thereby significantly decreasing the risk of mould or fungus growth, simply throw open your bedroom curtains and let the sun shine in. 

The best way to do this is to open your curtains or blinds as soon as you get up in the morning. 

That way, all day long you are letting nature guard your precious personal retreat. For even more complete protection, pull back your doona and expose those sheets and pillows to the natural light as well.

2. Pillow cleaning
You might change your sheets on a regular basis but what about the fluffy pillow that you lay your weary head on every night? If you are not cleaning pillows regularly then they may be harbouring germs, bacteria and, of course, dust mites.  Some pillows may actually be washable (always check manufacturer’s instructions first).  For other pillows, try Bosisto’s Dust Mite Spray; it uses the power of eucalyptus oil to kill all those little nasties and leave your whole bedroom clean and fresh. (Tip: it’s a great way to freshen your mattress as well) 

3. Use natural air fresheners
A lot of the air fresheners and scented candles that you find in stores contain harmful toxins like formaldehyde and benzene which is a known carcinogen. Rather than let your significant other's "unique odours" take over, there are some terrific natural air fresheners available on the market. 

Bosisto’s make two sprays that are just perfect for the job. Choose the Eucalyptus Spray for that unique Australian fragrance that kills odours and airborne bacteria while freshening, or, go for the sweet floral fragrance of Bosisto's Lavender Spray. As an added benefit lavender aids relaxation and reduces mild anxiety while promoting a better quality of sleep. What more could you want?
4. Take a break from those screens before bed
If you are having trouble sleeping it might be due to that laptop or phone you have been staring at since you climbed under the covers. Exposure to the sort of artificial light that is emitted by digital screens stimulates brain activity that can make it harder for us to fall asleep. So keep the TV out of the bedroom and the laptop off the bed if you really need a good eight hours. 

Dimming your laptop screen may help as well but if you absolutely can’t live without your boudoir entertainment, a drop or two of Bosisto’s pure pharmaceutical grade lavender oil on your pillow can help you drift off quicker and sleep better.

5. Make your paint VOC free
Many interior paints are made with volatile organic compounds (VOC) which, according to the EPA are a major source of indoor air pollution. These VOC nasties can damage your liver and your kidneys and have even been associated with cancer. Not only that, these sorts of paints are notorious for their strong odours that linger on for weeks after they finish drying. So, next time you are designing a beautiful feature wall or looking for a more peaceful bedroom tone, choose a paint that is VOC free.