Clean My Mattress Please!

Maybe you don’t pee in the bed anymore, but you might sweat, droll, have sexy time, or a myriad of other activities in your bed that may end up attributing to that weird brown, what-were-you-doing-in-here stain in your mattress.

This is a snazzy way of bedazzling (not really) your mattress if it’s starting to smell like you should have thrown it away centuries ago (unless you have had it for centuries…then you may need to switch that out).

For most stains (not all…so don’t come knocking on our preverbial door if it doesn’t work on everything, ‘kay?)  we tried this great stain remover using:

  • 1 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • A teaspoon or two of soap (your choice) – we went with Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap
  • A 16 oz water bottle with spray top – or any type of spray bottle that you have available
  • 3 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 30 drops of your favorite essential oil fragrance like lavender, lemon, grapefruit, or sandalwood. (You can get them at your local health food store or on Amazon)
  • Measuring cups and spoons to divvy out the correct amounts

Once you have the above, mix them up in no particular order. Make sure to shake and mix well because the baking soda likes to get stuck in the crooks and crannies of the spray bottle. Also, do use this concoction immediately as it’s not powerful later on for usage and you don’t want the baking soda to settle and clog the pipes.

Once you mix and shake it up baby! you can go ahead and start to spray the stains that you have. It should be a light mist over the entire mattress where it’s wet to the touch, but not so wet that it looks like you poured a gallon of water in one spot.

Note: DO NOT DRENCH YOUR MATTRESS, unless you’re setting this sexy pad in the hot sun – which certainly helps the lightening effects of the hydrogen peroxide. If you drench the mattress and you have no intentions of taking it outside, you’ll be left with a soggy, wet mattress that is going to take quite awhile to dry.

Let it sit for awhile (15 to 30 minutes) and allow it to dry on the mattress.

Long Terms Stains: For stains that have been there for quite some time, it’s best to do multiple applications over the course of the sunny or windy day so that you can see the best results. We left one application to dry completely through the day and saw a dramatic improvement. An additional coating on a later date would certainly be beneficial in clearing the stains completely, as well as any smells due to the baking soda. 

Fluffy Factor: For a fluffier, more even mattress – every three months you need to flip your mattress and turn it upside down. This will make sure you’re not wearing any dips in the bed making it uneven and giving your back cramps.

Note: If you have a pillow top or one of those beds that use an air mattress, or doesn’t have a reversible side like the old school mattress, this isn’t going to work for you.

Preventative Measures: In the future, after this debacle, consider getting a mattress cover. Occasionally they may be offered with your mattress when you purchase it for a deal, or you can head over the Mattress Firm, Target, or Walmart to get one to deter stains. There are plenty of options, but you’ll get what you pay for.

If you’re on a bit of budget and don’t mind the extra noise, you can always grab two trash bags or enough of them to cover your bed, cut them open so they lay flat, and apply those to the bed. Then you can add two sheets to reduce the crunchy, plastic bag noise you’ll hear, as well as to keep the sheets from moving to much and coming away from the mattress.

Hey! We didn’t say everything was going to be making it like the Jones’s did we? Sometimes you have to make due with whatcha got!

How do you like to clean your mattress, Millennial? Do you throw it away and call it a day, or are you scrapping the penny jar and need a quick fix? How did the above tips go for you? Let us know below in the comments below, Millennial! Until next time.


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