All summers you might have sweated on your mattress during your sleep. With the oncoming rainy season, the stench and risk of infections just get worse. While you can spend quite a lot of money to get your mattress professionally cleaned before the rains hit, you can also try some do-at-home methods to deodorize and sanitize your mattress by yourself. All you need are a few things available at home and invest in a vacuum cleaner. Let us see some ways you can get rid of that stench and clean your mattress.
Get rid of the stench
While there are more ways to deodorize your mattress than we can list in one space, these methods are the most commonly tried and tested ways to push the bad smells out of your mattress without ruining it.
Ruining your mattress with ‘do it yourself’ cleaning methods could be a real risk, so it is important to stay with your method of choice and not attempt to wing it with products not safe for mattresses. In general, natural and non-toxic cleaners are safe to use on your mattress.
Baking soda is one of the most easily available natural mattress deodorizers out there. Not only can it help remove the odor from your mattress, but it also can help lift stains and lighten discoloration. To use, first blot any stains with a bit of lemon juice on a towel. Then, sprinkle bicarbonate of soda evenly over your mattress’s entire surface and let it sit for half an hour to 24 hours. The longer you allow it on, the better it is. Vacuum the soda residue off your mattress when you are done, and ensure you are getting all of your mattress’s crevices and seams.
Cornstarch helps absorb body oil and sweat, which are two of the commonest reasons for odors in your mattress. The best way to using cornstarch is to combine it together with your sodium bicarbonate and sprinkle the mixture over your bed, letting it rest a minimum of overnight, though 24 hours is best. Like with bicarbonate, vacuum your cornstarch mixture off your mattress when you are finished letting it sit.
White vinegar is another great natural deodorizer because it breaks down plenty of the compounds that cause odors. Make a combination of equal parts distilled white vinegar and water and put it in a spray bottle. Spritz lightly over the mattress. You don’t want to get it too wet and let it dry before putting bedding back on. You can also use white vinegar as a primary step before sprinkling sodium bicarbonate onto your mattress, though you will still want to make sure to let it dry before doing this.
Essential oils won’t deodorize your mattress by eliminating bad smells but by overpowering them with good smells like eucalyptus, peppermint, or lavender. Like cornstarch, mixing some drops of your favorite oil into your baking soda before sprinkling it over your bed goes to be your best bet to deodorize your mattress and add a fresh scent to your sleeping time.
Vacuuming your mattress is a thing you must do no matter whether it stinks. A home vacuuming device gets the dust, dirt, dust mites, and allergens out of your mattress. It can help get rid of a number of the agents causing your mattress to stink. Give the whole surface of the mattress an intensive cleaning with an upholstery attachment or furniture vacuum whenever it starts looking dingy.
How to disinfect a mattress at home
During this rainy season, not only deodorizing is necessary for your mattress, but it is also necessary to get rid of any chances of getting molds, dirt mites, and bacterias. Let us see some ‘do it yourself’ ways to get some disinfection of mattresses done at home.
Steam cleaning is the most natural and go-to method for mattress sanitizing, it is as good as complete mattress cleaning. All you would need is a handheld steamer like the one required to steam garments and you will be able to cut through stains and eradicate those nasty dust mites. You do not want to soak or wet the mattress so use short sharp bursts of steam.
A disinfectant spray for mattresses works kind of like steam cleaning because it kills germs, critters, and chops up sweat stains. Make sure the spray is bleach-free as cleaning the mattress with bleach could damage the fibers. Gently mist the mattress surface and avoid soaking it. Then blot with a humid cloth. Open a window and permit it to air dry completely before dressing the bed.
Vodka cocktails are not only fun for you, a little is good for your bed too! Vodka could be a natural disinfectant and great at mattress sanitizing. Pour some vodka into an empty spray bottle and gently cover the whole mattress. Be sure to not soak the mattress wholly and blot with a clean and dry rag cloth. Open a window and permit it to air dry before dressing the bed.
Make a homemade enzyme cleaner with 8 ounces of Hydrogen peroxide and three tablespoons of sodium bicarbonate. This method is usually used for stubborn stains. Apply to the affected area, and permit to soak for as long as possible. Take a moist cloth and gently blot the stain, allow to air dry before vacuuming the complete bed and base of the bed.
Foaming shaving cream
Most frothy creams contain alcohol and so can tackle stubborn mattress stains. The thick consistency mirrors that of a stain remover. Spray onto the stain and let sit for 20 minutes, remove the extra foam, and blot with a moist cloth. Rinse with 50/50 water and vinegar solution and let air dry completely before putting on bedsheets.
Livpure mattresses- requires minimum maintenance
Livpure mattresses are built to last you a long time. Choose from a variety of mattresses– memory foam mattress, latex foam mattress, ayurvedic foam mattress, etc. All the mattresses are made from hypoallergenic material to minimize any allergen build-up in the mattress, even in the rainy season. You can just take care of it minimally and it will last you a long time. Just some do it at home methods will be sufficient. The ayurvedic foam mattress is the best bet for folks who are very allergic to synthetic materials and unwanted bacterias. The mattress also comes with washable mattress covers to protect from accidental spills, animal dander, food crumbs, etc. It keeps your mattress clean. Just another excuse to invest in Livpure’s mattresses!
The best way to keep your mattress clean and smelling great is to avoid eating in bed, not sleeping with your pets, putting a waterproof mattress cover if you have small kids, and vacuuming regularly. All these things will lengthen your mattress’s lifespan and keep you sickness-free as well.