Dust mites are a common allergen in the home, collecting in carpets, on window coverings, in mattresses, and anywhere dust finds a place to settle. Although the perception that mattresses double in weight every 10 years due to dust and dust mites is a myth (see http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/mattress.asp), those with allergies or the desire to lessen their contact with dust mites are frequently turning to 100% all-natural latex mattresses.
An all-natural latex mattress is completely botanical and free of dust mites due to its unique organic properties. It is also hypoallergenic, antibacterial, and completely botanical. Those looking for a green, organic mattress choose all-natural latex for their mattress of choice.
When looking for all the qualities of all-natural latex, be sure to avoid synthetic or man-made latex. Only 100% all-natural latex is completely botanical and is not made with petrochemicals like synthetic latex is. What is very common is mattresses being called “natural latex” when they are actually a latex blend containing a small amount of natural latex and the rest synthetic latex. When shopping for an all-natural latex mattress, ask if it contains any synthetic latex. To learn more about natural latex, including its qualities and how it is made, check out our Guide to Buying a Latex Mattress.