If you don't clean your mattress in a timely fashion, you'll have to deal with the itchy feeling of waking up to an unpleasant face-full of dust mites and pet hair.
Not to mention, the mattress will start smelling like a wet dog… eating stale Doritos.
In this article, we're going to explain how to clean the dirtiest part of any bedroom – the mattress – using common, all-natural household products.
Get Your Materials Together
– a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment
– baking soda (1 lb box)
– cornstarch powder / not cornmeal (1 lb box)
– scented potpourri balls or sheets, and
– a large, thick towel for puffing out all that dust.
OK, so here is my favorite step-by-step method for cleaning a mattress naturally:
1. Dust-Mop the Bed
Use a broom or a vacuum to remove the old stains and dust mites that have gotten trapped in the mattress – this is easiest using a vacuum cleaner.
2. Sprinkle Fresh Cornstarch on Top of Your Mattress.
Cornstarch is a natural elastic fiber that can be used to create an airtight seal. It will absorb any leaks and prevent the spread of bacteria or moisture from developing in or around your mattress cover.
3. Sprinkle Baking Soda on Top of the Cornstarch Powder.
Baking soda is a natural deodorant and anti-microbial cleaner.
4. Mix Both Powders Together so that They Form a Paste.
Work in a circular motion.
5. Let the Baking Soda Paste Sit for at Least One Hour
This is so that the baking soda has a chance to absorb the moisture from the fabric. It will also ensure that the baking soda does not cause any color loss in the fabric, as this could happen if there is any moisture left behind.
6. Wring Out a Wet Towel and Place it on the Bed
If there is any moisture left on your mattress, it is best to let the towel dry for a few hours before continuing with step 7. This allows more time for all of the powder ingredients to absorb the moisture and cling to all of those pesky stains.
7. Vacuum the Baking Soda Crud From Your Mattress.
Now you’re ready to remove all that stubborn dirt from your mattress – using your vacuum.
8. Spread Scented Potpourri Balls or Sheets Over the Mattress.
This adds a nice clean scent to the room. I like using a fragrant plant such as lavender.
9. Dry the Mattress Overnight
It will go faster if you use an electric bed warmer.
10. Use a Broom to Remove the Remaining Dust From Your Mattress.
Then, have your partner take another look at it – and then give it a whiff.
That's all there is to it!
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