Your mattress is an investment in your restorative sleep. But how do you clean your mattress? Even though you can’t throw it into the washing machine, it’s easier than you think. Here’s how to clean your mattress in 5 easy steps – the all-natural way and without chemicals or a vacuum cleaner!
Yes, cleaning a mattress is a huge pain in the patooty. There is no getting around it. But this is one of the easiest and all-natural ways. Before we get into the 5-step method, let’s look at the old-school chemical method.
The Chemical Method
There are many chemicals on the market which promise to help clean your mattress. I love these warnings, and don’t they make you feel good about putting them on your bed where you and your children sleep?
“If [chemical gets on your] skin or clothing, take off contaminated clothing. Rinse skin immediately with plenty of water for 15-20 minutes. If swallowed, call a poison control center or doctor immediately for treatment advice. Hazardous to humans and domestic animals. Harmful if absorbed through the skin. Avoid contact with eyes, skin or clothing. Wash hands before eating, drinking, chewing gum, using tobacco or using the toilet. In the home, all food/feed processing surfaces and utensils should be covered during treatment, or thoroughly washed before use. Remove pets, birds and cover fish aquarium before spraying. Vacate room after treatment and ventilate before reoccupying.”
Seriously… thanks but no thanks! There IS a better way!
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5 All-Natural Steps to Clean Your Mattress
Or…. you can do a few things yourself which are much less hazardous to your health. The following five steps are much easier and less invasive and can be done monthly or quarterly, according to your schedule. And PS – without a vacuum!
1. Strip the bed.
Strip the bed completely, including the dust ruffle. All you want to be left is the mattress.
2. Use a homemade cleaning solution.
Mix equal parts of alcohol and vinegar in a glass spray bottle.
Add 20-30 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil. Tea Tree, also known as Melaleuca Alternifolia has many benefits, one of which being an insecticide.
Spray down your mattress, and the areas around your headboard and footboard.
Let completely dry.
3. Use a good quality mattress cover and pillow protectors.
You will want your mattress cover and pillow protectors to be allergen-impermeable zippered and dust-proof. The better ones will cost a little more, so you will need to weigh the quality of life factors in deciding which kind to purchase. A quality organic mattress is also a really good idea.
4. Wash sheets, blankets, and comforter in hot water.
Using cold water is known to leave at least 10% of dust mites and allergens behind. Wash your organic sheets weekly, and your blankets and comforter as often as you can in HOT water. Monthly is ideal but no less than quarterly.
5. Place the pillows in the dryer for a few minutes on high heat.
The items that you can’t physically wash, such as your pillows, bolsters, or large comforters, simply place in the dryer on high heat for a few minutes.
And yes of course, after all of this, you do need to put your bed back together. It’s a bit of a process and does take some time, but it’s worth it to not use a bunch of harmful chemicals where you sleep. Or dragging the vacuum cleaner out.
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