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    My mattress is old, saggy and full of springs. Not comfortable at all.
    I can't do anything about it because it is part of the flatshare that I'm living in and I doubt the landlord would be keen to buy new mattresses for the flat. As a compromise, my partner bought a memory foam mattress topper to try to minimize the discomfort.

    We put it on yesterday and it feels SO much better.

    But to be honest... I'm slightly paranoid. It smells pretty strong (sort of like paint/chemicals?) and I'm thinking, here I go trying to minimise my exposure to toxins (I adhere to all organic skincare, food, make-up etc) yet I'm spending 8+ hours a night inhaling fumes from this mattress?

    Has anyone had any experience with memory foam? Am I being paranoid? I guess the smell goes away after a while? but...long term exposure concerns me!

  • #2
    The smell will completely dissipate in a short time. We've used a foam topper for years and it's the most comfortable bed I've ever had. I don't know much about the toxicity, but I can't imagine it's much worse than whatever they make regular mattresses out of.
    An added benefit though is they are by their nature "allergy free" (as long as you aren't allergic to the foam, that is).
    They don't harbor dust mites which cause allergies for a lot of people.

    They do retain a bit more body heat than other types of mattresses so you may need to keep the bedroom cooler.

    Enjoy.
    "I did it for money and for a woman. I didn't get the money, and I didn't get the woman"

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    • #3
      I love my latex foam, which is more natural, if you decide you want something else.
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      • #4
        We bought one a few months ago as well because our bed was hard as a rock. Much more comfortable. And the smell should dissipate within a few days (2-4).

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        • #5
          I suggest NOT eating it.

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          • #6
            What about smoking it?

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            • #7
              Memory Foam, is it safe?

              I....I....I can't remember.

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              • #8
                Safe or not, I'll never give up my memory foam topper.

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                • #9
                  No, it's not safe. Memory foam off-gassing is a little worse than regular mattress toxins, which is bad enough. You would be much better off with a natural latex or wool topper.

                  I have a latex bed made without any unsafe chemicals and wool topper and comforter. It's divine!

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                  • #10
                    We recently bought a memory foam mattress from Ikea, our traditional mattress was invaded with mold due to the environment of living in an enclosed space (RV) and from what I understand, foam is antimicrobial (so far, so good, and the washable cover should help too). It's dangerously comfortable--the first week we had it, while it stank for a couple of days, it was so comfortable that I didn't care and I overslept every day for a week. Good stuff.

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                    • #11
                      Also, the Ikea memory foam has wool in it. I have read that natural latex mattresses can aggravate/induce latex allergy, so I was on the fence about which to choose. So far so good though.

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                      • #12
                        Memory foam... Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.

                        I want a "Grand bed"... to bad that's false advertising and they really cost like 11grand!

                        For now... my 5 inch topper will suffice.
                        “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
                        ~Friedrich Nietzsche
                        And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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                        • #13
                          I work in heathcare, and have enough latex exposure for a lifetime. I'll take chemicals, thanks....

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                          • #14
                            I agree with jkr.. I would also at any time shell out more money but in order to get something that is more natural.. If it stinks of chemicals chances are your skin won't thank you.




                            Originally posted by jkr View Post
                            No, it's not safe. Memory foam off-gassing is a little worse than regular mattress toxins, which is bad enough. You would be much better off with a natural talalay latex or wool topper.

                            I have a latex bed made without any unsafe chemicals and wool topper and comforter. It's divine!

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