If you are spending nearly a third of your life in bed, you ought to treat your mattress as your haven. Yet, even with the extra hours of lounging or watching Netflix from bed, we hardly deep-clean our mattresses.
Baking soda is a simple, inexpensive, and readily-available item for cleaning your mattress. It is a chemical and water-free alternative for odorless, moisture-free, at-home mattress cleaning.
We understand how hectic it is to clean your mattress. Some people even have to prepare themselves psychologically and physically for the mess. It is one of the reasons why people sleep on dirty mattresses with no regard for hygiene and comfort.
Today, we are saving you from all that filth in your mattress. Here is a complete guide to cleaning your mattress with baking soda like a pro;
You will need the following;
- 1-3 Boxes of Baking soda
- Vacuum cleaner
- Essential oil such as Lavender oil
- Hand gloves
- A strainer
- A bowl
Remove and Clean Your Bedsheets, Pillow Covers, and Duvet
Start by undoing your bed and pick out your bed sheets, duvet, duvet cover, or throw blanket. Sort your bedding considering its colors, texture, fabric, and size. Toss them in the washing machine for a deep clean as you focus on your mattress.
Once clean, transfer them to your dryer. You can opt for air-drying if you live in a sunny locality. Let them be crisp dry before you take them back to the room.
Flip your Mattress
If your mattress manufacturer endorses it, rotate your mattress in preparation for cleaning. It is an effective way to straighten any lumps for improved firmness and comfort. We recommend doing this twice every year.
Vacuum-clean your Mattress
With hand gloves on, start by cleaning the vacuum cleaner nozzle. It prevents the transfer of dirt and dust to the mattress. Attach your preferred upholstery to your vacuum cleaner and begin cleaning.
Put more effort into vacuum-cleaning the creases, crevices, and joins. Such areas harbor the most gunk. In addition, it is difficult to tell the dirt as you go about your day. Do at least two rounds of vacuum cleaning of all corners of your mattress before completion.
Spot-clean your Mattress
Most spots contain protein components and come out after a few wipes. They could be sweat, blood, saliva, or urine. However, there are difficult ones like coffee spots or red wine.
Spray water on the spots and wipe them down. Some could be harder to remove, hence need stronger detergents.
Add Essential Oil to Baking Soda
Pick out your preferred essential oils to mix with baking soda. Options include Lavender, Sandalwood, Eucalyptus, Sweet orange, Peppermint, Tea tree, and Chamomile essential oils.
Add ten to twenty drops of your essential oil to a vessel containing baking soda. Mix to even out the distribution. Check for any large lumps and continue shaking until all the large lumps are gone.
Essential oil brings a natural soothing effect to your bed. In addition, it has antibacterial properties, making it a germ-killing powerhouse.
Sprinkle your Baking Soda and Essential Oil Mixture on Your Mattress
Transfer your baking soda mixture to a strainer for an easy and even application. Sprinkle it over the whole mattress before massaging it in. Remember to pay attention to the crevices, smelly areas, and stubborn spots.
Place Your Mattress in Direct Sunshine
Baking soda gives excellent results with some heat. Transfer your mattress to a spot by the window where sun rays hit. Take your mattress outside under direct sun if you are sure it will not rain.
If you do not have the luxury of direct sunlight, use an electric room heater to heat your bedroom.
Leave your Mattress Untouched for Twenty-four Hours
Give time for your baking soda mix to work your magic. For best results, we recommend leaving it for one day. Though, if you have nowhere else to sleep, one to six hours will do.
During this time, the baking soda will absorb any gunk, moisture, and odor from the mattress. It is mild enough to clean your mattress without leaving behind an off-putting smell. The essential oil infuses a fresh whiff that makes the bed smell clean and inviting.
Vacuum-clean Your Mattress
After twenty-four hours elapsed, vacuum-clean your mattress to remove the baking soda and dirt blend. Ensure that your vacuum-cleaner nozzle is clean to avoid transferring dirt to your mattress. Take your time to remove all the gunk sitting on it.
Treat the Strains
After you vacuum-clean your mattress, some strains may be left behind by the baking soda. Prepare a paste that is a blend of baking soda, hot water, and salt. When thirty minutes elapse, use a clean, damp cloth to wipe away the strains.
Flip your Mattress and Repeat
Flip your mattress and make the clean side go down to reveal the dirty side. Start by spot-cleaning light spots before sprinkling the baking soda and essential oil mix. Follow up by letting it stay out for twenty-four hours. Vacuum, clean, and treat the strains.
Use this time to clean your bed frame and your room. You want to come back to an entirely clean, cozy, and inviting bedroom.
Remake your Bed
Once your mattress is completely dry, take it back to your clean room and remake your bed. Pick bedding that is fresh, skin-friendly, and airy. To enhance the freshness, switch on your essential oil-infused humidifier and enjoy your little nook.
Benefits of Using Baking Soda to Clean A Mattress
Here are the reasons why this versatile home ingredient gets all the praise in mattress cleaning;
A four-pound pack of bicarbonate soda goes for about $5. Some brands sell them for as little as ninety cents. In addition, baking soda is versatile for home use. If you are not using it for baking, it will be of great use in mattress cleaning.
You can find baking soda in almost every corner store. Before you could think of hiring professional mattress cleaners, your option is within a stone-throw distance.
While most cleaning agents leave behind a stinging, chemical-like smell after use, baking soda is the silent medal-winner. It does its work and smells of nothing, leaving no trace of its presence.
Baking soda is the best option for people sensitive to scents. It saves you from respiratory problems caused when you inhale strong smells.
Baking soda cleans your mattress and other surfaces without causing any burns. Your fabric maintains its initial softness and vibrancy. You want to use this if you value your mattress.
Additionally, while it may irritate your skin, baking soda does not cause burns. The good thing is that it is easy to vacuum-clean once you have let it do the cleaning. If you are skeptical about its likelihood of irritation, take time to clean it from your mattress.
No Moisture or Dampness
Damp mattresses create a conducive environment for mold and mildew to breed. The mold eats on the mattress causing it to start falling apart. In addition, it poses a health risk to the sleeper.
Baking soda powder works by sucking out any moisture, dirt, or dust from your mattress. Due to this, it is hard to find dampness in your mattress after cleaning.
Baking soda is a reliable and highly effective natural deodorant. Apart from removing dust and dirt, it kills and wicks off mites and other insects that lurk in your mattress. It assures you of comfortable and peaceful nights.
Baking soda is an inexpensive, readily available, and highly-effective component used to clean your mattress. To enhance the freshness of your mattress, add essential oil to baking soda before sprinkling.
Feruza is a mom and a blogger. She had a neck pain for 15 years, which made her interested in everything about pillows.
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