There are more than 200 chemicals used in the production of textiles used in 90% of conventionally made mattresses, bedding and sleepwear, many of which are known to be toxic or carcinogenic
To comply with U.S. fire safety regulations, most mattress makers use chemical rather than natural fire retardants simply because they are cheaper to produce. Some of these toxins include: Boric Acid (yes, the Roach Killer), Formaldehyde (yes, the stuff used to preserve dead bodies and organs), Antimony Trioxide, Brominates, Vinylidiene Chloride, zinc Borate, and Melamine. These chemicals off-gas for the lifetime of the mattress and can cause health problems ranging from respiratory distress to cancer.
Unintentional ingestion of toxic household chemicals is associated with an annual average of 39 deaths to children under age 5, and an estimated 87,700 children treated in hospital emergency rooms.
Commercial cleaning companies are under no legal obligation to research how their products might harm human health.
An EPA study concluded that the toxic chemicals in household cleaners are 3 times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air.
A study found that woman at home are at a 54% higher risk of developing cancer then women who work outside the home. The study concluded that this is a direct result of the chemicals in household products.