December 28, 2022 3 min read

Does a latex mattress smell?

Latex rubber products, including mattresses, have a distinct smell that is caused by various volatile compounds that are present in the latex. These compounds are produced naturally by certain enzymes and bacteria in the latex, and they can be emitted during the processing of the latex, a process known as "thermal degradation." Some people find the smell of latex pleasant, while others find it unpleasant.

Talalay latex is known for its sweet, vanilla-like smell, while Dunlop latex tends to have a more rubbery smell. Both of these odors are normal and are not harmful, and they will typically dissipate over a period of a few days or weeks to levels that are not noticeable or bothersome to most people. However, some people may be more sensitive to certain smells, including the smell of rubber, and for these individuals the odor of latex may persist for a longer period of time.

Is the smell of a latex mattress toxic?

Most latex products have been tested and certified for harmful outgassing by agencies such as GOLS, Oeko-Tex, and Eco Institut so if your latex product is certified, you can be confident that the smell is not harmful or something to be concerned about. It is worth noting that different batches of latex can vary in terms of their smell, and the intensity of the odor may depend on the specific type and quality of latex used, as well as the manufacturing process and conditions. 

What does natural / organic latex mattress smell like?

Natural and organic latex mattresses are made from the milky fluid produced by rubber trees, and they may have a stronger natural rubber odor due to the purity of the rubber. Lower-quality latex products may contain more fillers and chemical masking agents, which can reduce the intensity of the smell.

What does a synthetic latex mattress smell like?

Synthetic and hybrid latex mattresses are also available, and they may have a different smell than natural latex due to the use of synthetic materials and different manufacturing processes. Synthetic latex is made from a petroleum-based material called styrene-butadiene rubber, and it tends to be less elastic and durable than natural latex. Hybrid latex mattresses are made from a mixture of natural and synthetic latex, and the smell can vary depending on the specific mix of materials used.

How to get rid of latex mattress smell?

To reduce or eliminate the smell of a new latex mattress, you may want to ask the manufacturer to air out the layers before making the mattress, or try airing out the mattress yourself by removing the sheets and opening a window. You can also use a mattress protector or pad to absorb any odors. Some people sprinkle baking soda over the latex to help absorb the smell. If you are particularly sensitive to odors or have an allergy to latex, you may want to consider using a natural or organic latex mattress to minimize the risk of irritation.

How long does the smell of a new latex mattress last?

The smell of a new latex mattress may last for a few days to a few weeks, depending on various factors and your sensitivity to odors. The smell of a new latex mattress may be more noticeable when the mattress is first unpackaged and placed in the bedroom, and it may dissipate over time as the mattress is aired out. The specific length of time that the smell persists will depend on the specific type and quality of latex used, as well as the ventilation and air circulation in the bedroom.

MFC Organic Dunlop Latex

We only use high-quality certified Organic Dunlop latex in our products, which has been tested and found to have no harmful outgassing. While it is normal for latex to have a slight odor when it is new, this odor is not harmful and does not contain any volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that could be harmful to children or infants. The odor of new organic Dunlop latex can be described as  rubber-like. We are committed to providing our customers with safe and high-quality products, and we are confident that our latex products meet this standard.