If you’re like most people, you’re used to just cleaning the sheets, duvet covers, pillowcases and leaving the mattress untouched. The truth is, your bed needs regular cleaning too. Leave it unclean for long, and it starts harboring allergens, molds, bacteria, viruses, dust mites, and more.
The two ingredients— baking soda and vinegar— forms an all-natural, powerful mattress cleaner that thoroughly cleans, disinfects, and deodorizes your mattress. Discover how to use the two ingredients to clean your bed in our step-by-step guide below.
What You’ll Need:
- Distilled white vinegar
- Baking soda
- Empty spray can bottle
- A roll of paper towels
Step-by-step Mattress Cleaning Guide:
Step 1. Prepare the mattress for cleaning
Before you start the cleaning process, make sure you remove any pillows, bedsheets, and other beddings from your mattress. This is important because these beddings are made from cotton and can get easily damaged if they get into contact with vinegar.
Step 2. Spray the vinegar on your mattress surface
Once you have set your mattress ready for cleaning, grab your vinegar and put it in the empty spray can. (Though some people might recommend diluting vinegar first, we suggest using it undiluted as it is more powerful in this state).
Spray the vinegar on your mattress surface, making sure to concentrate it more on areas that have developed stains. Let it sit for around 5-10 minutes.
Consider opening the windows of your bedroom to increase airflow to the room for speeding up the cleaning process of vinegar. If you have a ceiling fan or standalone fan, you can also turn it on to increase the airflow.
Step 3. Time to soak up the vinegar
After giving the vinegar 5-10 minutes to do its work, now you’ll need to remove it. And you can do this by simply soaking it up using paper towels. Alternatively, you can use a clean piece of cloth or rag to soak it up.
Step 4. Sprinkle the baking soda on your mattress
Now grab the baking soda and sprinkle it across the entire surface of your mattress. Unlike vinegar, you’ll let the baking soda sit around for a little longer (2-5 hours) to enable it to do its job to completion. The longer you leave it, the better.
After a few hours, you should witness the baking soda caking as it soaks up the vinegar on your mattress alongside the nasty odor it has taken in from your bed.
Step 5. Vacuum up the baking soda from your mattress
At this step, you have a fully disinfected and odor-free mattress. You can now remove the baking soda from the bed by vacuuming up the baking soda. Make sure you go over the crevices severally to remove any baking soda that has stuck in there. And you’re done!
BONUS STEP: If your mattress still has stubborn stains that didn’t go away after following this post, we suggest that you rub vinegar directly to the spots with your fingers until they disappear. You can switch to a toothbrush to rub in the vinegar if the stains prove really difficult to remove.
Are Baking Soda and Vinegar Effective for Mattress cleaning?
These two ingredients are highly effective mattress cleaners because they can easily remove the unwanted odors and stains that stick to your mattress. Trust me; you’ll never get a better and safer set of ingredients for cleaning your mattress to perfection than baking soda and vinegar.
If you’re wondering why we use these specific ingredients, this is the reason:
Baking soda itself is a natural deodorizer. This explains why it’s highly preferred for cleaning a mattress as it soaks up all the unpleasant odor on your bed and leaves it smelling fresh (just what you need to catch a good night’s sleep!). Additionally, baking soda is relatively mild—meaning you can safely use it to clean your mattress fabric without worrying about any harm or damage getting to it.
Vinegar also works magic when it comes to neutralizing odors. Additionally, white vinegar is a potent cleaner. This is due to its acidic nature, which helps it easily dissolve any oils, dead skin, and dirt on your mattress.
Vinegar is also an ace when it comes to fighting stubborn stains! Most of the stains on your mattress came from your sweaty body, urine, vomit, oils, etc., and are acidic. And they’ll easily dissolve in the presence of another acid, which is white vinegar.
Pro TIP: You can make a paste of baking soda and vinegar to form a powerful agent that fights stubborn stains, e.g., red wine stains or the pet urine on the bed. The paste will also absorb the pungent smell from pet urine to leave you with a fresh-smelling sleeping environment.
How Often To Clean Your Mattress With Baking Soda & Vinegar?
Now that you have learned how to clean your mattress with baking soda and vinegar, you’re probably wondering if this is a task you should be doing every weekend? Every month? Or yearly?
Well, as we said at the beginning of this post, you should make a point of cleaning your mattress regularly. This means every time you vacuum your bed, you should also give it a treat of vinegar + baking soda.
Consumer Reports recommends cleaning your mattress twice every year. However, some homeowners prefer doing it every 3 months, or every time they flip/rotate their mattress. If your mattress gets stained or develops unwanted odors, don’t wait for months to clean it. You can work on it right away to ensure you always enjoy a productive night’s sleep.
Baking soda and vinegar make a powerful duo for cleaning your dirty mattress. They work hard to get rid of unpleasant odors and any bacteria, virus, etc., hiding on your mattress without bringing any harm to your mattress. Using these two ingredients to clean your bed is a simple process; follow the steps outlined in this guide to get your mattress sparkling clean and odor-free.