Mattresses for the Chemically Sensitive 2019

Updated October 2019

This post started out with my journey to find the best mattress for my extreme sensitivities. There are so many more options now, but many I don't think are good enough.

We are going to look at my top picks for the best healthy spring mattresses (no latex or polyurethane) with price comparison (2019), all wool mattresses and other futons, and why I don't use natural latex.

We are also going to look at more unusual options for those who don't do well with any of those three categories or who want something simple.


I recommend all of the products here, some products have affiliate programs and some do not. Upon purchase, I earn a small commission though affiliate links at no extra cost to you.

First, a quick backgrounder on the Chemicals in our Mattresses


Conventional Mattress Materials

Conventional mattresses are usually made of polyurethane foam or synthetic latex which offgas VOCs. It's difficult to find out exactly which chemicals were used in a particular mattress. The worst offenders are synthetic memory foam, followed by polyurethane (though almost all polyurethane can meet CertiPUR certification which I discuss here), and then synthetic latex, which usually does not meet any green certifications on its own.

Going with a spring mattress does the amount of foam and therefore chemicals in it.

Flame Retardants Might be Added

Look for mattresses that specify no chemical flame retardants - I list them here. Sometimes boric acid is added but not disclosed.

Natural Latex can be a Problem

Most natural or non-toxic mattresses contain natural latex which I have major concerns about. I discuss that in the article as well as the best alternatives.

Chemical Coatings

You also want to avoid mattresses that are stain resistant, as they contain harmful perfluorochemicals. Similarly, the chemical that makes sheets (and clothes) wrinkle-free releases formaldehyde.

Some mattresses are also adding an antimicrobial agent which you would generally want to avoid (there are some natural antimicrobials that might be OK).


If you need assistance choosing the best non-toxic mattress for you and your health concerns, please contact me for a one on one consultation. 


1. Top Picks for Non-Toxic Layered & Spring Mattresses 

Options Without: Latex, Polyurethane, Flame Retardants, Wool


my green mattress cheap affordable non toxic flame retardant free1. My Green Mattress - The Echo is made of GOTs certified cotton and Oeko-Tex certified wool with springs. No polyester here. It is $950 for a queen (firm). For a proper spring mattress, this is the price to beat. They often have sales and I post discount codes for those here when I have them. You can also find them through Amazon, prices fluctuate.



top non toxic mattresses no odour flame retardant free no offgassing2. Naturepedic - the Chorus is the GOTS certified organic cotton, organic wool (with almost no smell), and polyester with springs $2000 for a queen. This is my top brand, as I like the construction, it's high quality and it's a very well liked and well-tolerated brand among the very sensitive. Their kids mattresses, which come in queen sizes do not contain wool, for those who cannot tolerate wool (they are firm) for $1600 directly through them. You can also find them through Amazon, prices fluctuate.




all cotton organic cotton luxury non-toxic mattress3. Royal-Pedic - Makes a cotton and springs mattress (no wool) - the All Cotton line is not organic, the Natural Cotton line is organic but not certified. They also offer options with wool. This is known to be a high-end and comfortable though like the others they are firm. It is around $3000. You can find the All Cotton on Amazon, prices fluctuate over time.







all hemp mattress no cotton no wool no polyurethane no latex
4. Earthsake - Makes a hemp and spring mattress with no cotton, and no wool. For those with sensitivities to cotton and wool or in a humid environment this is a better choice. A queen is $2600.







cheap affordable non toxic mattress futon from The Futon Shop
5. The Futon Shop - has a good variety of mattresses, some with springs and coils will be more comfortable than conventional futons. Look for the ones without latex or soy foam (which is polyurethane). Some of their mattresses use boric acid, and I have heard from a number of really sensitive folks that they have reacted to the flame retardant-free versions as well (possibly to the boric use nearby they think). Their prices are fantastic starting at $575. (US only. They don't ship to Canada.)


2. Chemical-Free Wool Mattresses


i. Shepards Dream 100% Wool Futon


all wool 100% wool mattress from shepards dream
shepherdsdream.com My Wool Mattress
When I was furnishing my tiny house I went with the purest and simplest option I could find which is a 100% eco wool mattress from Shepard's Dream. It is a (relatively) economical choice at $1585 for a queen .(I have the skinny version pictured).

It does have a wool smell but it is not super strong, and it is firm as it gets compacted with time. If you don't like firm mattresses I would recommend using a topper with it or using the thicker version.

Shepard's Dream has offered a 10% discount to my readers, you can mention my name, Corinne Segura for the discount.

ii. Heartfelt Layered Wool Felt 


For those with extreme sensitivities, a layered option that can be washed can be very functional. Heartfelt Collective sells wool felts that can be layered and washed. To put together what would come to about a conventional queen feel, it would cost about $1900. But you may not need that many layers, or you can combine the woof felt layers with something else.


iii. Savvy Rest Wool Futon (Cotton Cover)


Savvy Rest makes a futon style organic GOTS cotton covered organic wool mattress for $2000.

Is Wool Chemical-Free?


When looking at wool qualifications you may want to know about various factors, depending on your sensitivities, such as the chemicals used to process the wool and if any flame retardants are used.

Certified organic wool is becoming common, this link explains what it means. If a company claims all-natural, pure or eco-wool, you will want to take a look at what they mean by that, it might be totally acceptable even if not certified.

3. Natural Latex Mattresses


Is Natural Latex Mould-Prone?


After one of my pillows became covered in grey mould after two years in low humidity, in a new non-mouldy house I started looking into this. Over the years I have seen many many reports like this.

Melting, disintegration and visible mould on pillow, and on mattresses on slats in normal humidity, sometimes when brand new. Including two recent reports of a popular organic latex brand.

There are other other cases of this on a forum and many private messages from people writing to me. It is not clear if this is a defect (these were all different brands), or whether there is a certain condition that leads to the latex breaking down or going mouldy.

I have not seen the companies address this problem and they continue to claim that latex is mould resistant and that each of these cases is unusual.

I would not buy it again myself. If you do buy natural latex look closely at the warranty - it's unlikely it covers mould. If you already have one in your house, please open it up to check on the latex layer.

If you Still Want to use Natural Latex


There are plenty of options for natural latex mattresses made in US and Canada. In fact, when looking for non-toxic beds it's difficult to avoid natural latex - that's why I have compiled the list of favourites above.

I have sourced the most affordable natural latex options. Make sure it is 100% natural latex, and test for odours/sensitivities to make sure it is tolerable. These mattresses range from $800 to $5000.

Almost all of the green mattress brands offer natural latex, you can even find this now at Costco and IKEA. They are easy to find.

natural latex from Amazon, affordable topper to sleep on1. The Futon Shop: One of the most affordable options in the $800 range are by The Futon Shop.

2. Topper from Amazon: The most economical option is to buy a 3-inch piece of latex. For around $200 (plus tax and shipping) you can get 3" natural latex from Amazon (queen). I find that 3 inches is very comfortable to sleep on.

Does Natural Latex Offgas?


Folks with MCS vary greatly in their ability to tolerate the natural smell of rubber and different brands work for different people. Here is a list of some of the ingredients that can be in natural latex. Essentia, which makes natural memory foam claims that the VOC levels of their foam (36 μg /m3), about the same as that of natural latex. From my research, this is around the same levels as outdoor air - but it is not 0 VOC or 0 offgassing. 


Memory Foam Safe for the Chemically Sensitive: Essentia 


Most memory foam is polyurethane and it's usually more toxic than your standard polyurethane foam, though they are not all the same. The only non-toxic memory foam out there is Essentia, which is natural latex based. VOC levels 36 μg /m3.  

I looked up "background VOC levels" and found this to be background levels (though everything ads up) - here is one study and here is another study to confirm this. Background levels of formaldehyde can be found here

This mattress also contains essential oils - grapefruit seed, cone flower, and jasmine. I have tested a sample and it has a noticeable scent. Though I would not say it is flowery, it is a bit sweet. 

It contains Kevlar as a flame retardant


4. Alternative Bed Options for the Chemically Sensitive


i. Buckwheat Hull Beds


Open Your Eyes Bedding will sell the organic cotton canvases and buckwheat hulls that you twist together yourself! A mattress topper or pad may be needed for comfort. Or, you could fill the canvas with organic cotton battingwool batt, or even recycled wool sweaters, and use the same twist system to make your own true DIY chemical-free mattress. What I like about this is it can be taken apart and washed and refilled.


ii. Cotton and Kapok Futons


Futons are more affordable and often don't use flame retardants. Look for organic cotton or wool filled. Avoid conventional cotton batting which still retains a lot of pesticide. Look out for antimicrobial and even added pesticide treatments.

a. The Futon Shop is an obvious option for very affordable futons though folks have reported that they sense the non-flame retardant versions might have cross contamination of boric acid.

b. Rawganique has 100% cotton futons as well as cotton and wool.

c. Zafu kapok fiber futons are really cool. They don't compact as much as cotton and wool batting. It has an organic cotton cover, eco wool and kapok fiber. This one is recommended by sensitive folks.

iii. Silk Mattresses


I have seen silk filled mattresses in the past, though they are hard to locate. They may be good if you cannot tolerate cotton, wool, kapok or latex. Silk mattress toppers are easier to find and you could build them up to make a mattress.

iv. Cotton Sleeping Mat


This organic cotton mat by Dream Designs in Canada is thin but may be enough for some people who need a simple solution.


5. Camping Beds Used Indoors



i. Camping Cots


For a quick and easy solution maybe a camping cot will do! Let it offgas a bit first. The plus side is there is not much to offgas there, so some time in the sun should do it.


ii. Camping Pads/Mats:


Closed Cell Thermarest

For sleeping pads there are the basic closed cell foam ones, this aluminized Thermarest is considered the most tolerable of those, and then there are the polyurethane self-inflating ones.

Polyurethane Self Inflating Thermarest

I use the most deluxe Thermarest the 10 cm thick Mondoking (it has polyurethane it in). I find it very comfortable. It takes a bit of time in the sun to offgas but many MCSers can use these. I used it after two days in the sun. After a week it was ideal for me.

Setting it up Inside

The general consensus for those with sore backs or who need the most comfort is a Thermarest on top of a camping cot. Though with the Mondoking you likely don't need a camping cot under it (though I would raise it or put a waterproof cover on it). Thermarest claims to be flame retardant free.

For a more permanent set up, the MondoKing fits into this inexpensive Amazon Zinus Daybed.

iii. Polyester Fill Mat


Another kind of simple sleeping mat is a Nufoam polyester fiber mat. This may be more tolerable than the camping pads that have polyurethane, plus polyester does much better with moisture than cotton, wool and other natural materials. This is ideal for an RV.

iv. Airbeds


TPU

This phthalate and PVC-free TPU air bed by Lightspeed comes highly recommended by many chemically sensitive folks. I found it offgaseed in 2 days.

Polyester

Another option for PVC free airbed is this polyester bed from Intex. Some tolerate the polyester better.

These solutions can be used inside for those with trouble tolerating regular beds or they can be used in high moisture places like tents and simple trailers or shelters.


Mattress Covers to Seal in Toxins


1. Seal in Flame Retardants, Dust Mites and Mold Spores


Polyurethane lined

If you have an old mattress and you want to block flame retardants from migrating out of the mattress, use a cover like Organic Lifestyle's Bed Bug Cover which is also waterproof and will protect you from dust mites and bedbugs as well.

Another good use for this cover is when you are moving a mattress into a high humidity environment like a trailer or you have to put a mattress on a flat surface like the floor for a while. The polyurethane did have an odour to me but after a lot of offgassing I found it to be fine.

Polyethylene Covers

Polyethylene covers are the least toxic but do not hold up very well after washing and are not usually marketed as mattress encasements. Some have used the Uhaul mattress encasements for temporary protection or disposable protection.

Polypropylene Covers

There are polypropylene covers as well, they hold up a little longer than plain polyethylene. This All in One cover is a mix of polyethylene and polypropylene and is reported to be very tolerable by someone very sensitive to plastic.

They do not stop the offgassing from foam or scents that a mattress has picked up, unfortunately.

2. Mattress Encasement to Fully Block Offgassing and Other Contaminants


Block Offgassing with Aluminised Tarps

If you do not have a choice but to use a offgassing or fragranced mattress and you want to block the smell you can use aluminized tarps and tape. Discard as soon as aluminum flakes off. The other option would be thick mylar bags (not the thin sheets).

3. Mattress Cover to Block Dust Mites


Cotton Covers

If you just want dust mite covers (that are not waterproof, and don't block flame retardants), I use these Allersoft cotton mattress and pillow protectors. They are not organic but were good for me after one wash). I'm really happy with them as they have reduced my allergies.

Pillows and Sheets for the Chemically Sensitive


1. Pillows


non toxic pillow for the chemically sensitive coyuchi
Coyuchi
For pillows you generally want natural fibers like wool or organic cotton. Kapok, or buckwheat are also good options.

Never use non-organic cotton batting as the bats retain a lot of pesticides. Organic cotton batting sometimes still retains a strong smell from the oils of the cotton plant.

I do like polyester because it's more moisture resistant. I use this organic cotton pillow with polyester filling, but it still needs to be washed or aired out before use.

This pillow with organic cotton filling is GOTs certified (chemical-free). I have one and it did have a strong cotton oil smell at first which aired out quickly. It also has a zipper so you can wash the case or pull out the cotton itself to wash it.

2. Sheets


Coyuchi also makes organic sheets, pillows and other bedding that is made with the chemically sensitive person in mind. I highly recommend this company. They use natural dyes but the safest bet is always virgin fabric. If you react to the product you can return it. I've been really happy with all their products. (Also available on Amazon).

Cotton that has been processed into fabric (sheets, pillow cases etc) no longer contains pesticides in theory. But stay away from permanent pressed finish (wrinkle-free finish), and make sure the dyes are steadfast or all natural. Almost all cotton that is not organic has a chemical added to it smells. Look for GOTS certified fabrics which is the best certification for non-toxic textiles.

I use GOTS certified sheets which usually need one wash to get the smell out (probably the smell of cotton oils). I use these pillowcases.

In a high moisture environment like a trailer, I use all polyester sheets and pillowcases instead of cotton.

NB (While we are on the topic of chemical-free fabrics here is a guide to buying chemical-free clothing or removing "sizing" chemicals and other harmful odours.)

Chemical-Free Blankets


1. Wool


non toxic blankets all wool blankets chemical free
My bed with Coyuchi blankets
I use wool blankets from Coyuchi - the natural colour with indigo stripes. It does have a wool smell, so if you are sensitive to wool try their cotton blankets. I really like wool because it's hard for me to stay the right temperature at night without them and I slept with the window open when my house was new. 

The wool blankets were a super good investment in my case, as they stopped me from waking up throughout the night due to being too cold.

The wool blankets were difficult for me to wash, I like these Pendelton washable wool blankets a lot too.

2. Cotton


I also tried an organic cotton blanket (this is thick and takes a long time to dry) which I also really liked when I was very chemically sensitive.

3. Polyester


When less chemically sensitive I have used polyester blankets for mould avoidance (cheap! from Walmart or Amazon).

Bed Frames for the Chemically Sensitive


all metal bed frame amazon affordable cheap A metal bed frame that is powder coated would be a great option. This metal bed is inexpensive for a twin on Amazon.

Or, if you can tolerate the natural smell of wood, go with a solid wood bed frame, with solid slats (not laminated), finished with a natural finish.

For wood frames check out Organic Grace which has simple frames for $780 (queen, ships from the US).
For cool wooden headboards and frames with zero-VOC finishes check out Coyuchi (pictured below).
solid wood all natural non toxic bed from coyuchi
coyuchi.com

For something really simple and cheap this healthy Nomad Solid Hardwood Platform Bed (around a hundred for a twin) on Amazon is made of low odour poplar with solid slats.

IKEA sells solid wood frames but the slats are laminated. They claim the glues are "non-volatile and non-polluting".

The post on furniture contains a longer list of companies making solid wood beds (with solid woods slats) and non-toxic finishes.



How to Prevent Mould in Mattresses 



how to avoid mould in and under mattress
In any house or trailer, tiny or big, make sure your mattress can breathe underneath (slats or box springs are used for a reason). Only certain types of beds like an air mattress may be able to go straight on the floor.

When building a tiny house, find a way to incorporate slats under your bed. I see too many tiny houses with the mattress on a solid floor. This is not a good solution if you want your bed to stay mould-free.

This is my loft on the left. The slats are built right into the loft. It works great!

When camping I do think a waterproof cover is the best idea, in a trailer you may be able to use something simple this hypervent for airflow, though I have heard that that is not enough airflow in many situations.





Corinne Segura is a Building Biologist with 5 years of experience helping others create healthy homes.


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54 comments:

JoeyTOB said...

Corrine,

Good info, if we can ever help out any of your east coast customer we would love to www.theorganicbedroom.com.

If this posted twice my apologies...

Joey

Joe Alexander said...

Hi,Joe from Nest Bedding! Thanks for the link. So, here are some hopefully helpful comments.

My friend Lynne makes the twist buckwheat mattress, but that $300 is for the covers only, you still have to buy the buckwheat and stuff them. They are very firm. The Shepherds Dream mattress is very nice and also very firm.

Latex is a good option for those who like a little comfort as well as support. I have recently added USDA certified organic latex and talalay to my product selection.

Thanks!
Joe, Nest Bedding

Corinne said...

Thanks for the info Joe! Look forward to checking out the samples from Nest Bedding!

The Multiple Chemical Survivor said...

Excellent ideas. I am worried about latex. I know everyone says it's non-toxic to MCSers, but latex gloves smell and there are so many people with latex allergies. I can say "well, I'm not allergic to latex" and not care, but that would be like my neighbor bathed in perfume and saying "well, I'm not allergic to perfume so why should I care about you?"

I like the idea of the mattress pads piled on top of each other. Does anyone have personal experience with this. I like the idea they can be washed in a washing machine. Beds harbor all kinds of dust, dust mites, and maybe mold. It would be cool to be able to wash a bed!

Corinne said...

Hi, there's a big difference between natural latex and synthetic latex rubber. The natural one still does have a rubbery smell but it is dissipating with time. I don't believe that it is technically toxic though natural scents bother many people.

I'm loving the all wool mattress, It's very firm but Im sleeping so much better than I was when I was breathing flame retardants all night.

simply.sweet said...

Who did you use to make the custom latex cushions for the couch you had built?

Corinne said...

just re-sizing mattresses from nest bedding. will then get a dressmaker to sew the cushion covers.

Norbert said...

l latex, or wool mattresses with cotton (or wool) covers are two great ... furniturecovers.blogspot.com

Gary Puntman said...

I would love to get a foam mattress. I think I will have to shop around. I want to get something that is free of chemicals. I'm sure there are some shops in my area that offer these. http://www.sureline.ca

Niki Dimitrov said...

Thank you for sharing! Very helpful information! I tend to wool mattresses (very simple and natural solution, and I always have more confidence in nature than in technology). My search shows that wool mattresses are very expensive, but I found an Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHomeOfWool which I liked very much. Very affordable and trustworthy. I look for reviews. It would be great if someone could help!
Best regards!

Leland said...

Gotta ask yourself why so many comments have been deleted by the administrator. Talk about lack of transparency.

Corinne said...

it's all Spam. Major spam.

Ally said...

Very informative information. This definitely helps us in our search for chemical free bed. Thank you.

Shosh said...

Last I checked, Essentia added essential oil to their foam, which is problematic for many with MCS. The Clean Bedroom is no longer open, as of May 2016

Corinne said...

Thank you, I will update this.

Richard BlackRose said...

Nice info!

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Unknown said...

I'm surprised at some of the inaccurate information on here. Essentia has a history of false advertising. I have a natural organic latex mattress from an online company with GOTS, Okeo-tek certification and it has absolutely no smell. True latex shouldn't have an odor. Nest Bedding has some quality control issues. If you do a thorough search on the internet you'll discover the problems. I'm also suspicious about the objectivity of people that review mattresses when they are getting free samples and a small commission. Too many bloggers are selling themselves out to the mattress industry and promoting false information based on questionable marketing tactics.

Corinne said...

I have sampled 4 different brands of natural latex (that is meant for bedding) and it all has the same rubber smell. If you are not super sensitive you may not smell this. I have MCS and this blog is written for people who have a heightened sense of smell as well. Essentia used to say they are zero-VOC - their levels are 36 μg /m3. The same as natural latex. If you ask most naural latex companies if they are zero-VOC they will also say that they are. I agree though Essentia should have stated this level and now they do which is an improvement. It is actually rare for a company to disclose the actual VOC level of a foam so I respect them for doing that and not just saying low-VOC. I don't believe there is any false information on this post, please be specific if there is false information. I received some samples from Nest and Essentia to tell people what kind of smell it has. Whether a company has an affiliate program or not only comes in after I have chosen the products that I recommend.

Corinne said...

I am now checking out Nest Bedding and realizing they have completely changed their products since I wrote this post. They used to sell simple natural latex with covers. I will update this post regarding Nest.

Anonymous said...

May i ask which online company you chose...i am hunting for a company i can trust and am so confused!

Corinne said...

I used Shepards Dream for an all wool mattress and Coyuchi for blankets. The Amazon pillow I listed is what I use for a pillow. Simple GOTS organic sheets are from Amazon as well.

Stefanie said...

What bedframe do you have?

Corinne said...

I have wooden bed slats custom built into the loft area. I'll post a pic in this blog post.

Romilda Gareth said...

Thanks

Unknown said...


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Janis said...

This is great information, and pretty much the same conclusions I reached after years of research and bad choices (like a latex rubber mattress to which I reacted.) Now I am in Italy and the choices are different. I am trying to decide between a solid natural wool mattress with cotton cover (they do not use antiflame treatments with wool, thankfully) or a traditional mattress which has springs in the center and about 2 inches of wool surrounding them on all sides. I'll see if I can send you a picture. Since Baubiologie started in Germany, I wonder if they have similar choices there and have any discussion in your classes on this kind of traditional mattress?

Corinne said...

Springs with cotton is good. Building Biologists are against springs because of possible EMF issues. I am no concerned about that. I think you would have to be extremely sensitive to EMFs for that to be on your radar. 100% wool is good and yes it is very compact. I use a 3inch wool mattress and it's FIRM. Sometimes my arms fall asleep but not enough for me to change it! It's find on wooden slats if you don't mind super firm. But something springy is a good idea. A topper can help but then again I'm not for any type of foam.

Dorothy Barnett said...

For me the best option is the natural lattex mattress and especially when it comes buing a kids mattress! I bought recently a kids mattress from Coco-mat brand which is all metal free and made only with top natural materials, with no chemicals included (like the memorry foam mattresses) and it offers great body suuport. you could check their website and make a review for this brand, i would really like to see what you think about it! https://www.coco-mat.com/store/us_en/children-mattresses

Oolaa Love said...

I am a Sr w/ severe MCS ( detergent on other's clothing bothers me) as well as all petroleum & usual cleaning & body care products. A foam mattress in the 90 started the MCS. A wool or futon mattress is too firm. what choice or choices do I have? Aren't mattress toppers foam? Help.

Corinne said...

You can find all the options in this post. I would go for a spring mattress from the ones I mention.

Corinne said...

I don't recommend these. The reason is in the post. Please read the post before posting ads.

Chris said...

Hi Corinne. A quick mention that I have had natural latex mattresses for about a decade, both purchased through Organic Grace and I have had no detectable issues. We have toppers and then a layer of wool protection and on slats etc. I'm starting to think about replacing them despite no detectable issues, just because spores and bugs do tend to accumulate over time. Our pillows which we adore are from European Sleepworks and I've given their mattresses a try-out and will probably purchase there. They are pricey but I have a better feeling than I do about the other natural latex options around here. Btw I love the feel of inner spring but have come across too many studies like this: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/left-sided-cancer-blame-your-bed-and-tv/

Pawan Yadav said...

Also check http://reviewkid.com/tag/organic-mattress/ as well.

Corinne said...

That is polyurethane. Quite misleading.

xoAM said...

Hi! Thanks so much for the great info!! Is there a reason you didn't look at Rubio Moocoat?

xoAM said...

*Monocoat

Corinne said...

I mention it in the post on sealers.

Billie said...

Is it possible to get a shaped foam pillow for those with neck problems and MCS,
needing the support shape up under the neck?

Billie said...

No answers coming my way????

Corinne said...

If you don't find one on Google you may have to try and custom make it.

Katie said...

The Clean Bedroom reopened last fall under new management.

Unknown said...

Hi Corinne! You wrote "Poplar wood on the interior too (should have used maple)." Why would you prefer maple over poplar? (I ask because I'm chemically sensitive, and am looking at a new Dapwood bed that has poplar slats). Is poplar prone to mold? Thanks!

Corinne said...

It's fine for a bed. It's just hard to work with when you are building anything.

Unknown said...

Thanks so much, Corinne!

Unknown said...

Metal bed frames are safe? What about EMFs? I just read about this somewhere. Please help!

Billie said...

Yes, metal bed frames attract EMF's.. and don't sleep within 3 feet of electrical
points or leads or reading lamp. There are protective blankets for inner spring
mattresses if you have one. Here is the link. http://www.scenar.com.au/
Good luck.

Little Mouse said...

Hi thanks so much for this website its a great resource for those of us struggling with MCS and i really appreciate the amount of work that must have gone into it. May I ask why you chose a pure wool matress as apposed to cotton or a mixture of the two (cotton surrounded by wool)? Does pure wool make for a "better" matress (I appreciate wool acts as a natural flame retardant but apart from that)? Also we are struggling to source a good (stable) metal double bed with integrated slats here (europe) and i was wondering if you could forsee a problem with buying a metal frame and getting some lengths of metal (say aluminium) cut at the DIY store and laying these down to form slats (I have issues with wood!). Found a company called Auping who make metal supports for the bed (the slats) but they seem incredibly expensive for what they are (a metal mesh: 600€ for a double). There seems to be another company that make similar from fibreglass but price is astronomical! Thanks :)

Agata said...

Hi thanks for a ton of great information. The more I read through this article to more I realized that the bed that my husband and I sleep on fits the description - solid wood frame, natural latex mattress, pure and untreated sheep wool, not metal in our bed. It is great that you put so much work into this article to educate others! It seem that our bed may be a good fit for you as well. Take a look at www.swissdreambeds.com. I hope it helps other as well. We really love it and always dread going on vacation unless its is relatives that have the same beds as we do!

Unknown said...

Does anyone have experience with Avocado Mattresses? Also many comments were about natural latex...natural is an ambiguous term. Dunlop or Talalay or mix (and what is the % of each if mixed)...anyone can claim "Natural" but how much of the matress is actually natural...tricky

Corinne said...

Other companies got in big trouble for claiming natural latex is 0 VOC. Plus how can it be natural mould resistant when it's so prone to mould? Unfortunately there is little oversight to what companies claim.

Unknown said...

Despite the warning about natural latex not necessarily being mold-resistant, I decided to go with it for some other reasons. Would it make sense to use a waterproof encasement to protect it from mold and moisture?

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Corinne said...

We don't know what's causing it to mould and I continue to hear from folks about this growing mould when new on in low humidity. But yes I probably would make sure it's really dry first and then put a encasement on it to prevent sweat from getting in there.

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