As with starting a new diet or establishing a new habit or routine, creating a healthy home can seem overwhelming at first. The more you learn, the more it feels like you need to change and it can be hard to know where or how to start.
Creating a healthy home doesn’t have to be about throwing everything out and starting again. It can be as simple as replacing items one by one as each piece reaches the end of its lifespan.
To make it easy for you, we will break it down room by room as part of our Healthy Home Series.
Not sure where to begin? The bedroom is a great place to start as we spend over 100 days in bed each year! It makes sense to start with an area where we spend so much of our time.
Conventional mattresses are known to contain lots of unnecessary glues, synthetic fibres and foams that off-gas over time.
It’s what is on the inside that counts with mattresses. Look for products made from natural latex and coir with wool comfort layers.
Latex has no ‘memory’ making it a consistent, supportive sleep surface as you move throughout the night. It is also naturally anti-fungal and anti-dust mite.
Updating our pillow is something we often overlook. A good pillow is a very important part of a healthy and supportive night’s sleep. The risk of keeping a pillow too long is that it can lead to neck pain and attract dust mites which are an allergen to many people.
We breathe into our pillows all night long so it’s important to select a pillow made from natural materials such as latex, wool, down or tencel.
Selecting a pillow is a very personal choice, so ideally visit a store like southwood that has several options you can trial before purchasing. This will help you find the perfect pillow for you.
There is no shortage of natural options when it comes to bedlinen, however there are also lots of synthetic blends sneaking into bedding products
Our top picks are linen and organic cotton; both fibres are grown without harsh chemicals and both wick moisture away from our skin making us feel comfortable in both summer and winter.
Be wary of bamboo. Although this is technically a natural fibre, bamboo is a very hard material so extensive processing using harsh chemicals is required to transform it into a fibre.
4. Bed frame and furniture
Selecting solid timber furniture with a natural finish is always going to be the healthiest option for your home.
Avoiding stains, veneers and varnishes or lacquers which can all off-gas is the best way to eliminate unnecessary glues, fillers and finishes.
Seek out local timber where-ever possible to avoid extra ‘air miles’ and to avoid supporting unethical timber production.
Choose natural and create a healthy home