Although most people clean their bed sheets every week, it’s rare for people to think about cleaning their bed mattress even just once a month. A lot of mattress-cleaning options available on the market contain harsh chemicals and bleach, which release toxic fumes.
Given that you spend a third of your life sleeping, these toxins can actually build-up in your body over time and cause respiratory or inflammatory conditions. Luckily, hydrogen peroxide works just as well as bleach in disinfecting your mattress and eliminating stains.
Although concentrations of 35% hydrogen peroxide and higher can have terrible health effect, 3% is safe to use.
How To Clean Your Mattress
- Rubber gloves
- 250 ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 3 tbs. of baking soda
- A drop of liquid soap or a detergent
- A stainless take bowl
- A 300ml spray bottle (or bigger).
- Using gloves, mix the hydrogen and the baking soda in a bowl.
- As soon as the baking soda is fully dissolved, add 1 or 2 drops of liquid soap or detergent and mix once again.
- Put the liquid into an empty spray bottle. Use immediately.
- Shake the bottle and spray directly onto any stains or discolorations.
- Let the foam work its magic and leave it to air dry. You can accelerate this procedure by using a small fan. Make sure to let your mattress dry totally to avoid any mold or mildew invasion.
- When dry, vacuum your mattress to clean any baking soda residue.
For stubborn stains, make a paste of ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide mixed with 1 tbsp. each of liquid dish soap and salt. Rub it into the stain and let it dry. Vacuum the residue and dab at any remaining stain with a white rag dipped into hydrogen peroxide, twisting the rag as you lift it off the stain.
You need to clean your mattress every 4 months. You can also vacuum it to get rid of allergens and dust every time you wash your sheets. To protect your mattress from future stains, consider purchasing a waterproof washable mattress cover.