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How To: Clean a Mattress

Did you know that you should and can clean a mattress? I sure didn't but when I cleaned it...the results were great. It was super easy and quick.
Time: 10 Minutes Cost: $3 Difficulty: Easy
Step 1: Gather your supplies. You will need a measuring cup and baking soda.
Step 2: Pour two cups of baking soda over mattress. Make sure to gently spread the baking soda over the entire mattress surface. Let it sit for one hour.
Step 3: Use a brush attachment on your vacuum to pick up all baking soda residue.
Step 4: Enjoy your fresh/clean mattress.

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Ask the creator about this project

  • Suzanne King
    Suzanne King East Hartford, CT
    on Nov 27, 2013

    how about foam mattresses?

    • Frankie Roberts
      Frankie Roberts
      on Oct 9, 2016

      I have a foam mattress as well and ever so often I take it to the wash house and use the giant load if theres one in you city with baking soda and pinesol.

  • Mary Blatnik-Smith
    Mary Blatnik-Smith Strongsville, OH
    on Nov 27, 2013

    Will this also take away color stains from sweating thru colored sheets or just odor?

  • Rona
    Rona North Richland Hills, TX
    on Nov 27, 2013

    I bought an adjustable bed (at a great price) and discovered it had been in the home of a smoker. The smell was so bad it triggered my asthma. First I used Fabreez, didn't work. Then I used baking soda. Several times. Still didn't work. Then I remembered Vinegar! Turned it on edge, sprayed it both sides and let dry. Viola! It worked. For about a week. Sprayed it again, heavier. Worked for about a week and a half. Sprayed it again. It's been two weeks and three is just a faint odor coming through. I will spray it again today. I also leave the covers off every day to allow it to breathe. Otherwise, the smell is back sooner.

    • Liz
      Liz Foothill Ranch, CA
      on Oct 6, 2016

      Rona, with asthma you really do have to be careful, especially about chemical odors. The mattress and box spring protectors was a good idea for people with allergies and asthma, but please don't use Lysol. That can really trigger an asthma attack. We had Service Master come out and steam clean our mattress. Then, we plugged in our dehumidifier and several fans. The mattress looked like new and was completely dry in a couple of hours. All odors and stains were removed. Unfortunately for me, dry baking soda sprinkled on carpet or anything, triggers severe burning and redness in my eyes. People with allergies and asthma have to be careful using products. Good luck!

  • Shar
    Shar Canada
    on Nov 27, 2013

    I am not sure if it works on orders, but a streamer works to kill dust mites. I use my steamer just lightly all over the mattress to freshen it up. I am going to try the baking soda idea. Good luck with your mattress Rona.

  • SS
    SS Morrisville, PA
    on Nov 27, 2013

    You should put your mattress out in the hot sun for a day in the summer to get rid of the dust mites too.

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