Earlier this week, I read a very disturbing article about mattresses. Did you know that a mattress can have anywhere from 10,000 to 1,000,000 dust mites living in it after just a few years of use?? Very disturbing, I know! You see friends, every single night, while we are busy getting our beauty sleep, our bodies are shedding millions of dead skin cells. This makes dust mites very happy! These microscopic organisms that live in dust, feed off those shed dead skin cells and multiply like there is no tomorrow. Before you know it you have tens of thousands of these disgusting things living in your mattress… This can result in anything from mild to severe allergic reactions. But the question remains, How to clean a mattress? Unfortunately, even if you change your bed sheets weekly like I do, you can’t stick your mattress in the washing machine and wash with hot water. (Wouldn’t that be great?!) This is not a one-time fix, but something that must be managed regularly.
So, how to clean a mattress – Naturally – with no harsh chemicals?
I am happy to report it is very easy… takes almost no time at all… and you can do it with 2 simple NATURAL ingredients that are very likely in your home at this moment!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Baking Soda, 1 cup
- Lavender Essential Oil, 5 drops
- Kitchen Strainer
Directions – How to Clean a Mattress:
- Pour 1 cup of baking soda into a mason jar & drop in 5 drops of lavender essential oil. Put on lid & shake jar. (If you have a queen or king mattress, double the baking soda & lavender essential oil)
- Using a kitchen strainer, sprinkle the baking soda mixture all over the mattress & let it sit for at least 1 ½ hours.
- Thoroughly vacuum the mattress. Say au revoir to those disgusting dust mites (and who knows what other gross stuff that was in your mattress!)
The baking soda helps draw up any moisture & deep dirtiness. It deodorizes & leaves the mattress smelling fresh & clean!
I just did this today to all the mattresses in my home and it took me about 10 minutes to do all 3, then about another 15 minutes to vacuum, for a total of just under a half hour! I took advantage of the waiting time to wash the mattress cover, sheets and comforter with detergent on the hottest setting recommended on the care label, adding 1 cup of white vinegar to deodorize.
I always feel like a little battle is won every time I can limit my daughters’ exposure to harsh chemicals. It feels so great to be able to use completely natural cleansers like baking soda, especially on something that comes into contact with our bodies every single night for hours.
Looking forward to going to sleep tonight- my bedroom smells divine!
Big Dreams No Money would love your comment below when, and if, you try this! Thanks!