What do other multiple chemical sensitive and mold sensitive sufferers sleep on? I wondered about that. When I came from Dallas and moved into my new safe home, I did not have a bed. I couldn’t tolerate all the chemicals in traditional mattresses. My only option: an old metal army cot my husband managed to find and clean for me and cotton blankets. It took five or six cotton blankets folded in half or thirds depending on the size of the blanket to make my mattress. The downside, once I crawled in, I immediately sank to the middle. I was always tossing the blankets in the dryer for two reasons. The first being to help with dust mites and the second to fluff up the fibers. The first night’s sleep on those blankets was heavenly, they were warm and soft and fluffy. By the next night they were cold and matted together.
I ventured out and ordered a wood bed frame and a cotton futon type of organic mattress. I had it made especially without flame retardant chemicals (you will need a doctor’s prescription for this). When the mattress arrived it had a very distinct odor about it. I phoned the company and was told it would need to air out for a couple of weeks. Since it was summer time, I took it out during the day in the hot sun. By the third week, I still would get my mold reaction whenever I put my face into the mattress. I had to send it back which not only cost a restock fee but cost a fortune to send it back by freight.
The cot with the sagging wires and hard blankets continued to be my bed for a very long time. One day when visiting a doctor of mine I mentioned the mattress problem. He said many of his mold patients had resorted to buying air mattresses and letting them off gas in the sun and heat of summer before they could use them. I was possibly reacting to the organic mattress because organic cotton is not sprayed with fungicide and therefore can have mold spores in it.
My husband and I purchased an air mattress and baked it in the sun for quite a long time. Then I finally tried it. I was in heaven. It was firm and soft. It didn’t sag in the middle thus alleviating all the bank pain I had been suffering. Air mattresses, however, are not meant to be used as every day mattresses. After about a year, they develop a slow leak (which we can never find to fix) or a baffle breaks leaving a huge lump in the middle of the bed.
Aerobed makes a pvc free bed called Performa Lite and there is Kelty Sleep Eazy pvc free air mattress.
I am curious, what do others use or tolerate?