On average, people spend a whopping 227,468 hours of their life in bed. Cleaning the mattress is a necessary ritual and is essential to create a clean environment in which to sleep. It can seem like a daunting and time consuming task but follow these easy steps and you will have it done in no time.
1. Vacuum the Mattress
This step is essential to remove dust, dead skin cells and other debris which accumulates over time. Consider doing this every time you rotate your mattress – recommended every season.
2. Deodorize and Clean
The magic ingredient in this step is baking soda. Scoop out some soda into a jar with a lid and add 5-10 drops of your favourite essential oil, close the jar and give it a good shake to avoid clumping. Essential oils are naturally antibacterial and can create a soothing scent. Using a kitchen sieve, sprinkle the soda over the entire mattress and leave it on for at least an hour. For a deeper clean, gently rub the soda into the mattress.
After an hour, vacuum the whole mattress making sure all of the baking soda and essential oil mixture is removed. Make the bed with your fresh clean sheets and you’re done!
3. Spot Cleaning and Stain Remover
Fresh stains can easily be removed using a mixture of salt, baking soda and water. Create a paste and rub in into the stained area, leave for 30 minutes then brush away. Use some cool water (not too much!) on a damp cloth to remove the excess and leave to dry before remaking the bed.
For more stubborn stains, you can use a stronger solution made up of 2 parts hydrogen peroxide and one part dish soap. Using a toothbrush gently apply the mixture to the stained area, leave for 5 minutes and then wipe up with a cool damp cloth.
An extra tip:
Air your mattress every time you change the sheets and bedding. After removing the dirty sheets, wait an hour or so to let your mattress breathe. It is a good idea to open a window and let some fresh air in.