Toxic Fumes From Vinyl Mattress Covers

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As this blogger discovers, there's some very real danger behind that slippery new-Barbie-esque vinyl smell:

"We purchased a waterproof mattress cover for Lil’ K’s bed to protect her bed from nighttime accidents....I picked up the only one that indicated that it was waterproof which was made of vinyl. When we got home and put it on Lil’ K’s bed, the room filled with an awful chemical smell. It was only then that I realized that I should google to see if vinyl actually off-gasses toxic VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Of course, I discovered, it does."


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