Nontoxic way to clean your mattress

I enjoy listening to YouTube videos while I eat breakfast.  My favorite channel has been Melissa Maker’s Clean My Space.  Today I stumbled upon a video about cleaning a mattress.  She mentioned the gross sweat and potential dust mites lurking in what you spend 1/3 of your time on = your mattress!  When was the last time I cleaned my mattress?  Never!  What?  Is that the wrong answer?!  Since we are not going to replace our mattress until sometime next year (with an organic one), I decided it was worth the time and effort to make this one as fresh/clean as possible.

Here we go…today’s project consisted of the following.  Halfway through I asked myself “What did I start this again?!  This is epic!  Also, kinda feel like this counts as me working out for the day.”

  1. Removing all bedding, comforter/light blanket, mattress cover, memory foam topper cover, etc and washing them.  I followed the directions on the tags for washing each item.  I also discovered a couple of rips on the seam of the memory foam topper cover so I sewed those up.  I used 25 drops of eucalyptus essential oil in the washing machine (you could also use lavender or rosemary).  This took the bulk of the time since it was a lot to wash/dry.
  2. For the mattress itself and also my memory foam topper, I sprinkled baking soda on them.  Let it sit for 30 minutes.  Then used a clean vacuum attachment to suck it all up.  No worries if some baking soda getting onto the carpet since it also can be used as a carpet cleaner.
  3. Next step I only did to the mattress since you are not supposed to get memory foam damp.  I blended the following in a mini glass spray bottle and let it sit for 30 minutes.  Then vacuumed again.
    • Mattress Spray (this helps to disinfect and also kills any dust mites)
      • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
      • 3 drops lemon
      • 3 drops lavender
      • 3 drops cedarwood (or you can use rosemary or melaleuca)
      • 3 drops peppermint
      • 1 oz of witch hazel
      • 1 oz distilled water
      • Note: If you want to use vodka instead of witch hazel, that is fine as well.
  4. Now I am letting everything air out and dry completely.  I even opened the window to let some fresh air into the room.  I also turned the mattress in order to more evenly distribute the weight on it.  (ours is one you cannot flip but instead just turn)
  5. I will not do this very often, maybe twice a year.  I will however use the mattress spray I created more often.  I am sensitive to smells and I want to mention that this does not leave any strong scent, it is not like a perfume.  It just leaves the bed smelling fresh.

Hope this inspires you to start a mini home project soon.



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