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Detox Your Kids’ Bedrooms

Detox kids bedroom

Many parents, including myself, are becoming more aware of  all the unhealthy chemicals involved in furnishing and decorating their homes. This awareness is leading to a growing concern about the safety of children in their own homes.  There are many things parents can do to provide a worry free environment for their families. Here are a few ideas to get you started with detoxifying  your childrens’ bedrooms and making them a safer, healthier place to be.

 Detox kids bedroom

Bedding

The central part of most bedrooms is the bed itself. Depending on your budget, you can replace your child’s mattress with a natural rubber one. Synthetic foams and plastics found in conventional mattresses can off-gas potentially dangerous, possibly even carcinogenic, fumes. Natural rubber mattresses provide the spring and support without the chemicals.

Regardless of the kind of mattress you use, cover it in natural wool or organic cotton sheets and blankets. Wool comforters are especially warm, and naturally flame-retardant. Look for bedding that is dyed with natural pigments rather than synthetic ones.

Flooring

Take up carpet and refinish your hardwood floors underneath with eco-friendly stains and varnishes. If you don’t have hardwood, put down an eco-friendly flooring choice such as natural linoleum, cork, or bamboo. If you want carpet, try wool carpet and avoid toxic glues and adhesives.

Furniture

Use eco-friendly, used or refurbished furniture. There are some very interesting  re-purposed items out there out these days. You can also visit the second hand stores and come up with some creative ways to re-use items. Since you are looking for less toxic items, stay away from any kind of plastic. Stick with wood or metal items that can be re-finished with non-toxic paints or stripped and left natural.
If you are investing in new furniture, choose natural wood furniture without synthetic varnish or shellac. Bamboo and mango wood are eco-friendly choices.

Window Treatments

As with the bedding, choose fabrics that are natural and dyed with non-synthetic pigments. Cotton, wool, and linen are good choices.  Too much fabric holds dust, dirt, and in our house spiders, in the creases. You should be letting  in as much natural light as possible so a simple blind would be a good solution. If you live in country, like we do, you can just leave your windows bare,  put up a nice window frame and enjoy the view.

The Walls

There are quite a few companies now that offer non-toxic, eco-friendly paint that is low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). You can go crazy and try out some new painting techniques or a mural or you can stick to traditional solid colors of paint on the walls and decorate them with photographs of some of your kids’ favorite places and pets. My daughter’s bedroom walls are an art gallery of  horse pictures that she has painted and she just loves it.

Lighting

Use CFLs in lamps and overhead light fixtures. You can have a little more fun with your lighting and use strings of colored or white LED lights. The best light is obviously the natural kind so make sure to keep those curtains and blinds open as much as possible during the day. If you like hunting in antique shops and second hand stores then you can find perfectly good used lighting fixtures and chandeliers that just need a little re-wiring.

Just a few small changes can make a huge difference in the well-being of your child. Apply the changes to all the rooms in your house and the whole family can enjoy a healthier living environment.

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