When it comes to cleaning your house regularly, you mustn’t skip out on your mattress. Believe it or not, mattresses can hold a lot of dust, dirt, and bacteria. To keep your mattress clean, regular maintenance is suggested, or else there could become a buildup of bacteria and debris, which isn’t healthy.
So, when it comes to cleaning it’s essential to disinfect all of those hidden germs and bacteria. The mattress is one of the last places you’d expect to find multiple types of dirt, especially when using sheets. Sadly, even if you have taken preventative measures such as installing a waterproof or bacteria proof zipper sheet, germs will find ways to sneak into your mattress.
That’s because, over time, the body releases sweat, sheds dead skin, and hair falls off. Any particles smaller than your sheets thread count can get into your mattress, building up over time. Plus, unwanted bacteria begin to grow, and debris can get stuck in-between your mattress and boxspring. To help you alleviate this problem, we’re giving you one solution. In this article, we will be teaching you how you can deep clean a mattress with baking soda and vinegar.
Why Use Natural Cleaners?
One of the main benefits of using a natural cleaning solution is that your mattress doesn’t have any risk of becoming damaged. The fabric on your mattress may be durable, but if harsh chemicals are applied very often, you may find it starting to wear down. Mattresses aren’t cheap and come with a relatively expensive price tag, so wouldn’t you want to make it last as long as you can?
Harsh cleaners not only risk ruining the fabric layer, but also the foam padding underneath. If you’re looking to preserve the foam and shape of your bed, then it’s best to use natural cleansers. This is especially true if you plan to disinfect your bed frequently, as the natural chemicals won’t wear down the foam or mattress fabric.
Additionally, cleaning detergents or fabric cleanser you can find over the counter contain harsh chemicals that may not be safe to come into contact with skin and can cause health problems. If you’ve ever suffered from sensitivities to detergents, fabric softeners, or soaps, you may react negatively to fabric cleansers.
That’s why it’s important to use natural cleansers as they can help prevent any irritations from occurring. Plus, the last thing you want is your bed contaminated with chemicals that make you itchy and miserable the next day. If you have young children, pets, or live with others, it’s also best to use baking soda and vinegar. These chemicals don’t pose any threat and can prevent allergic reactions or aren’t as fatal if accidentally consumed.
Plus, vinegar and baking soda can replace many other products on the market, including mildew removers, toilet scrubs, and other cleaning solutions. This is because of the unique reaction when vinegar and baking soda are placed together. They create a strong antimicrobial effect, which is perfect for cleaning around the home. Use the excess solution on dishes, hard surfaces, or to clean the bathroom.
According to a study performed to test alternatives to household cleaners, baking soda and vinegar were found to be just as effective in reducing microbes. This is due to the vinegar being highly acidic and effective at removing microbial, while baking soda is powerful enough to fight against soil and dirt. The combination of the two together makes an effective and cheap alternative to other household cleansers.
They work together to destroy bacteria and get rid of any excess debris that may be hanging around. Lastly, they are inexpensive, easy to make, and will take up less storage space in your home than multiple cleansers.
Preparing the Mattress
The very first step you’ll need to take to clean your mattress is to remove all sheets, blankets, pillows, and protective layers on top of the mattress. From here, you have two options, either you can wash them how you usually would in the washing machine at 130 degrees Fahrenheit, or you could soak them in vinegar and baking soda solutions mixed with a bit of water.
To do so, add in 1/2 a cup of vinegar to a load or in a bucket and let it sit for at least 30 minutes to destroy any remaining bacteria or dust mites. This method is not necessary, but it does get rid of smaller particles your washer may miss.
After this, it’s best to inspect your bed to see how much damage has been done over the years. If it’s your first time, then you’ll likely see a bunch of small stains. This is entirely normal, but they may be difficult to remove depending on how long they’ve been sitting there.
If you have a mattress topper, you’re going to need to remove it. Inspect each section of it before cleaning it according to the factory instructions. It’s essential not to use any chemicals on foam or afterward, do the same to the box spring under your mattress and inspect the bottom of the mattress.
If you see any signs of bugs, mites, or bed bugs, you may have a larger problem and need to call pest control. If not, you can continue with our article. After you’ve removed all sections and have inspected where you need to clean, you can begin the cleaning process.
The first step in cleaning your mattress is by locating the stains. There are always going to be stained from either bodily fluids, drink spills, or other mishaps. To remove these, it’s best to focus on them before you clean your entire mattress, as they take some time to dissolve.
The first rule is to assess how deep the stains are. If they’ve been left there for a number of years, then it’s likely they will be harder to get out. If they are brand new, then they should only take a few minutes to half an hour to get out with a natural cleaning solution.
Now that you’ve found all the stains, it’s time to begin removing them with our natural baking soda and vinegar solution. Create this solution by mixing a teaspoon of baking soda with three tablespoons of vinegar. Allow the chemicals to sit for a few minutes before applying them to the surface of the stains.
Once the mixture is ready, take a dry hand towel and dip it into the mix. After this, dab the stain repeatedly up and down until the stain has started to fade. This may take a while, depending on how deep the stain is. If you still can’t get the stain out, we recommend using a move concentrated solution or using bleach to help remove the stain from the bed.
When trying to get the stains out, don’t use any other motion other than dabbing. If you do, you will only be pushing the stains deeper into the mattress and spread them around. Instead, focus on using a light dabbing motion that goes up and down. This will help contain the stain while also removing it at the same time. This prevents the stain from spreading and can be more effective at removing stains that run deep into the mattress.
If you’ve found any other types of stains that come from bodily fluids, it’s best to use bleach on these areas. This ensures that all of the old bacteria are removed and won’t continue to grow. To do so, take a towel and dab it on top of the stain. Allow the towel to sit on top of the stain for at least 30 seconds before dabbing it again with a wet hand towel.
And on a side note, all bodily fluids should be cleaned using cold water instead of hot water. The reason for this is because hot water will set the stain into the mattress and cause a bigger issue. On the other hand, cold water will help release it and make it easier to remove. Once you’ve cleared off the stains, you can begin to clean the rest of the mattress.
Washing the mattress
Now that you’ve removed the stains, it’s time to move on to cleaning the whole mattress. Cleaning the mattress is a bit tricky and may take more than one set of hands, so be sure to have someone helping you.
To wash your mattress, begin by sprinkling baking soda on top of the mattress before letting it sit for around 20-30 minutes. Allow the baking soda to sit on both the top of the mattress and below it, as well.
The baking soda can help chase away bacteria and helps get rid of any lingering odors that have built up over time. This includes pet dander, body odor, or lingering smells from food or drinks. So, any funky smells you may have been smelling before will be totally removed and obliterated.
After the baking soda has sat for half an hour, you will need to use an upholstery hose or vacuum and vacuum up the remaining baking soda off the mattress. Be sure to get every corner of the bed because baking soda can be irritating if it comes into contact with bare skin. The last thing you want is to feel itchy and swollen from not cleaning off your mattress.
Additionally, you can also take the mattress outdoors and beat it down with a wooden paddle. This helps shake off any excess debris that may be lying around. This also helps air out the foam and provides a fresh breeze to help dry your mattress after you wash it. However, this step is not necessary unless you don’t have access to an upholstery cleaner.
We don’t recommend using the regular attachment to your vacuum, as the force can sometimes rip the fragile fabric on top of your mattress. Some vacuums come with an upholstery attachment, which will be sufficient. If not, there may be an attachment for pet hair, which includes a brush or bristles. This may also be used in place of an upholstery attachment.
How Often Should You Clean Your Mattress?
It depends on several factors. First, if you already take good care of the mattress in the first place, then you would only need to do it at least once every six months. However, if there’s a large stain, you noticed that there are bugs, debris, etc. then you may have to clean it more frequently.
On the other hand, if your bed is older and needs a pick me up now and then, we’d recommend to wash it at least four times a year. This will help keep you feeling your best and prevent substantial buildups of bacteria.
Although some companies do give detailed information on how to keep your mattress clean, if you’ve purchased an expensive brand name model, they will likely give you the best alternative to cleaning your mattress. Even though our natural solution won’t do much harm, you’ll want to be careful not to hurt your mattress.
As you can see, there are plenty of methods you can use to clean your mattress. Vinegar and baking soda is just one of them. Honestly, the baking soda and vinegar solution may not be as powerful as your over the counter cleansers. However, they do provide effective results for half the price, and that isn’t harmful to your kids or pets to be around.
The wide range of use of the vinegar and baking soda also is a huge benefit. Use it all over your home when you want to disinfect objects. It can be a waste to purchase cleansers for each room. That’s why just having one can help cut down on costs and prevent the germs from coming back.
Your mattress is where you sleep, enjoy, and get some much-needed naps in. If your bed was covered in dust and germs, it could potentially cause issues with health. That’s why we recommend cleaning your mattress with vinegar and baking soda twice a year to help prevent them. Hopefully, we’ve helped you understand how you can clean your mattress.