If you are a mom, chances are you have a mattress in desperate need of cleaning. Bedwetting, spitting up, blowouts, stomach flu — the list of mattress offenders are endless when you have kids. What you probably don’t know is that there is a simple solution to clean those dirty mattresses that you can make with products you probably already have in your home. And it is non-toxic and it works!
Remember when mattresses simply needed to be flipped over twice a year and that’s when you cleaned them? These days, many mattresses, including the pillow-top variety, can’t be turned because they have a proper top and bottom. But cleaning your mattress two times a year remains a good rule of thumb. Still, check the mattress label anyway because the manufacturer might recommend rotating the mattress head to foot to ensure even wear.
When was the last time you gave your mattress a good, deep clean? Cleaning a mattress is actually a very simple process that requires only a few supplies. Follow these step-by-step directions below to get started:
What you need to clean your mattress:
- hydrogen peroxide
- baking soda
- dawn dish soap
- spray bottle
- lavender essential oil
Step 1: Make your cleaning solution. Mix two parts hydrogen peroxide to one part baking soda inside your spray bottle. Add a couple of drops of dish soap. Add 5 drops of lavender essential oil (not necessary for the cleaning part but makes the mattress smell nice and lavender is a great natural sleep aid). Shake the contents of the bottle up and you’ve got your mattress cleaning solution.
Step 2: Vacuum the entire mattress surface with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Pay attention to seams and crevices. Spray stained area until well saturated. Using a clean rag, rub the solution in well. Let the mattress air dry for a couple hours. If any dry solution remains on top of the mattress, vacuum up with your vacuum’s attachment.
Step 3: Deodorize the mattress by sprinkling baking soda over the entire surface and leave it on for 24 hours. This means you’ll be camping out in a different room for the night! After the baking soda has had a chance to tackle odors, go back over the mattress with your vacuum’s upholstery attachment.
Step 4: Purchase a fabric waterproof mattress cover and put it over the mattress under your regular bed sheet.