Does your memory foam pillow or mattress have an unpleasant chemical smell?
One of the biggest complaints about memory foam pillows is unpleasant and potentially unhealthy chemical odors.
Memory foams are made of polyurethane and several other chemicals, so it’s not surprising that they emit a chemical odor.
The “deflation” of volatile organic compounds is a common and well documented feature of memory foam pillows.
These fumes are often compared with those in newly painted rooms. If you are experiencing this odor, the good news is that you may not have to endure it for too long. The bad news is that some of the chemicals used to store bubbles are not entirely benign.
Will the smell disappear?
Many memory foam mattress owners report that the time of deflation is over after a few days .
Of course, there are many factors that affect this, including products, types of bubbles, human sensitivity, room ventilation and so on.
Even if the initial odor disappears, it’s natural to wonder if there are any health problems associated with ventilation.
Does it affect health?
Most people do not report any health problems caused by memory foam pillows or mattresses.
That is to say, various reports and studies suggest that memory foam may be toxic. The report includes carcinogenic chemicals and formaldehyde gases.
In order to create memory foam, chemicals are added to polyurethane to make them denser and thicker at the same time. Additional chemicals are needed to prepare polyurethane flame retardants.
One of them, Pentabde (polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) family), was not used until 2004. Pentabde is known to be toxic to the liver, thyroid and nervous system.
A 2000 study specifically found that mattress emissions were toxic to the lungs of experimental mice.
However, there are various reports of headache, nausea and anaphylaxis caused by odor generated by memory foam. If you encounter any of these symptoms, you will want to avoid sleeping on the foam during the initial deflation.
You can place pillows or mattresses in well-ventilated areas for a week or two to see if they can help eliminate or reduce odors and symptoms. If problems persist after a few weeks, it may be time to consider using memory foam alternatives.
The long-term effects and toxicity of memory foam are not entirely clear, but there are obviously some reasons for concern.
About a third of life is spent in close contact with the sleeping surface, so it’s important to consider your and your family’s health when choosing pillows or mattresses.
How To Reduce Memory Foam Smell
Air It Out
Remove the new memory sponge from the surrounding plastic packaging. If possible, place the foam outside for at least a few hours on dry, wet days. If you don’t want to leave it in an open space, the porch is enough. If you can’t use foam
mattresses, pillows or bedspreads outside, please place them in a room near walls or walls to ventilate from all sides.
Open the window, open the window fan, and draw the air out of the room. The longer the foam product, the less obvious the odor.
Baking soda solution
Baking soda – the same type of deodorizing refrigerator – also helps to drain memory foam.
After clearing the memory foam, sprinkle baking soda on the mattress, bedspread or pillow, and let it stand for an hour or so.
Vacuum baking soda with decorative brush accessories. Apply sodium bicarbonate directly to a foam object instead of putting it on a bed sheet or pillowcase to achieve the best results.
A brand new memory foam mattress may make the whole room smell for a few days.
Put a bowl of white vinegar in the room to help remove the odor in the air; because of the mattress exhaust, the odor in the air will be absorbed. If you don’t care about the taste of vinegar, put it in the room and leave it all outside when you leave, then pour the vinegar into the drain before you go to bed. Vinegar also helps drainage.
Mattresses, pillows and bedding only sweat during sleep; memory foam is no exception. When you need to clean the bedding, let the mattress spread out for several hours, so that the mattress smells best.
Remove all sheets and let the mattress breathe. If the room has ceiling fans, please operate at high speed to help dry any moisture in the foam. Sprinkle baking soda on the mattress and vacuum it with decorative brush accessories.