We all know you should clean your mattress regularly, but if you’re anything like me, you find yourself staring at your mattress thinking, how did it get that dirty? It’s not really an item that can be thrown in the wash. And short of calling a professional carpet cleaning service in to handle it, it can seem like it isn’t much you can do. But getting your mattress clean is actually a lot easier than you think with a DIY mattress cleaning powder.
Using a bit of baking soda and your vacuum cleaner, you can effectively clean and freshen your mattress in just a couple of hours! This process will eliminate moisture, odors, dirt, dust mites, and other unwelcome substances, without any harsh chemicals or lingering fumes. It’s so easy, and with how much of our lives we spend sleeping, it’s definitely worth a bit of time and effort to keep it clean!
Before you start, you’ll need to mix up a batch of cleaning powder. Here’s how to do it:
First off, you need these ingredients:
– 1 cup baking soda
– 4-5 drops essential oils
Combine the baking soda and essential oils in a jar and screw the lid on. Shake the jar for several seconds to distribute the oils into the baking soda. Now that your mattress cleaning powder is ready to go, it’s time to get started cleaning it!
1. Strip and Wash Your Bedding
I’m sure that you already know that you should wash your bedsheets regularly, but this is a good opportunity to do so since you’ll need to remove them anyway. Toss them into your washer on the hottest setting to kill dust mites and other allergens.
2. Apply your mattress cleaning powder
Transfer your mattress cleaning powder to a jar with a shaker lid, or just grab a sifter or sieve from your kitchen. Shake or sift the powder over the surface of your mattress. One batch of the cleaning powder only covered about half of my king-size mattress, so you may want to double the recipe if you have a large bed.
This is always the hardest step for me since I’m not known for my patience. But the baking soda needs time to work, so let it sit for at least one hour. The baking soda and oils will work their magic, drawing out moisture, odor, and dirt and leaving your mattress fresh and clean!
Once the cleaning powder has had time to do its job, grab your trusty vacuum cleaner and the upholstery cleaning attachment if you have one. Slowly vacuum the powder off your mattress.
Repeat the process once a month for a cleaner, more hygienic mattress.
And that’s it! Once you’ve vacuumed your mattress thoroughly, it’ll be clean and fresh-smelling. Throw on your freshly laundered bedsheets, you’re in for a great night’s sleep.